Koyle Auma 2013 750ml
SKU 803239

Koyle Auma 2013

Rapel - Colchagua - Valle Central - Chile

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Rated 93 by Wine Advocate
The top of the range is the 2013 Auma, a red blend that changes with the vintage. 2012 was too warm, and they didn't produce Auma. In the cooler 2013, it was Carménère (51%), Cabernet Sauvignon (28%), Malbec (9%), Petit Verdot (7%), Cabernet Franc (6%) and Merlot (3%) from the estate vineyards at 500 to 550 meters altitude on clay and basalt soils. The full clusters fermented in rotating 600-liter oak barrels, and it aged in French barriques for two years after which the final blend was made and put to settle in egg-shaped cement vats for a further nine months. It's a serious Bordeaux blend, and they have removed the Syrah from the blend, looking for a more spicy and herbal expression of the grapes, a Los Lingues with a Bordeaux accent. The focus is always on getting fresh wines, and here they certainly achieved it. There are lots of cedar wood notes, hints of cigar ash and other balsamic notes, tobacco leaves and a very polished palate with ultra polished tannins. 4,533 bottles were filled in February 2016 after a total aging time of 33 months.

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Region: Valle Central

The Valle Central of Chile is widely regarded as being one of the oldest 'New World' wine regions of earth, with a history that extends back over five hundred years to the time of the first European settlers in South America. Whilst they were mainly preoccupied with planting vines for the production of sacramental wines, today, the wine industry of Valle Central has never been stronger. With a wide range of vines flourishing in the region, thanks to the many micro-climates the valley provides, wineries can make the most of their particular location and produce fully ripened grapes of exquisite flavour and character. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Carmenere grow very well all throughout the various areas within Valle Central, and the region is developing a serious reputation for excellence on the world stage.

Country: Chile

When the wealthy new landowners of the 19th century began planting large vineyards in the fertile central valleys of Chile, they must have been impressed at how successful the imported Old World grape varietals took to the land. However, such a fact is hardly surprising; with eight months of blazing sunshine coupled with oceanic winds from the west, and crystal clear spring waters from the Andes irrigating the soil, grapes such as Malbec, Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were given everything they needed to flourish, and more. As the centuries passed, Chilean wineries continued to expand and experiment, resulting in a wide range of wine production methods and techniques, and consistently producing fine quality wines perfect for the international market. Nowadays, Chile is renowned for producing a wide variety of crisp white wines, and juicy, fruity reds enjoyed around the world for their drinkability and flavorful character, making this country very much one of the 'New World', albeit one with a fascinating link to the Old.