Odfjell, Orzada Carignan, Maule, Chile, 2020
Founded by Norwegian Dan Odfjell this pre-dominantly red wine producer creates wines of elegance and poise.
Odfjell are fully committed to biodynamics with cover crops and beehives populating the vineyards while small Fjord horses work the land. Odfjell produces wonderful wines that few in Chile can match, with their Carignans, which come from rescued 80 year old vines, proving to be of particular note.
Cauquenes is located in the Maule Valley, 175 metres above sea level. the soil is deep red clay loam. The high temperatures are moderated by cool breezes from the Pacifc Ocean, and shoots are removed in late spring, leaves are pulled before fruit set, and the best clusters are selected before harvest.
The grapes were handpicked, and the bunches were destemmed but not crushed. The whole berries then underwent a four-day cold maceration prior to fermentation in 10,000-liter tanks using native yeasts, followed by a 10-day post-fermentation maceration at 25ºC. Malolactic fermentation took place spontaneously in tanks.
No oak ageing
Deep and intense ruby colour with a touch of violet. This wine displays a never ending mix of aromas such as cherry liqueur, liquorice, white fruit such as apricots, white peaches, pears and a touch of lychee. A note of jasmine to wrap up. A refreshing experience.
Spiced chicken balti, cassoulet, poulet basquaise (Basque-Style Chicken)
Tim Atkin Chile 2022 Special Report 91 Points
Tangy dark berry fruit, fresh acidity and nicely tamed Maule Valley tannins. 91 Points, TA, May 2022.
12 x 75cl