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Viñedo Chadwick has its own very particular history. In 1942, Don Alfonso purchased the 300 hectares Vina San José de Tocornal estate and its vineyards in the Maipo Valley's Puente Alto appellation, long considered Chile's best land for Cabernet Sauvignon. It was on this site that he built his home and polo field, where he practised his beloved sport daily, becoming one of the best polo players in the history of Chile. The property was later sub-divided and only 25 hectares were left in the family bands. Eduardo Chadwick, foreseeing the potential of chis unique terroir, convinced his father to convert his much-loved polo field into a vineyard. This led to the creation of Viñedo Chadwick in 1992 when 15 hectares were planted with Cabernet Sauvignon vines on Alfonso's former polo ground. Don Alfonso passed away in 1993 and never saw the finished wine.
"The Paris Tasting destroyed the myth of French supremacy and marked the democratization of the wine world. It was a watershed in the history of wine." Robert Parker
The unique terroir in the Viñedo Chadwick vineyard is composed of ancient terraces of gravel alluvial soils that once supported Alfonso Chadwick's beloved polo field. Puente Alto DO. is considered the cradle of premium Cabernet Sauvignon in Chile, the country's best terroir for producing Cabernet Sauvignon of exceptional finesse and quality. Viñedo Chadwick is located 650m above sea level at Puente Alto in the Maipo Valley, in the southeastern sector of Santiago at the foot of the Andes Mountains, along the northern bank of the Maipo River. The vineyard is located on an old alluvial terrace. Two main types of substrata have been identified over the whole estate, both from fluvial origin: predominantly well-rounded gravel and pebbles in a fine-grained matrix, transported over a great distance (several kilometres) from the Andes by the Maipo River, and locally fine-grained alluvium deposits that accumulated at the top of fluvial bars with less important steam flows than in the main channels. The Mediterranean climate has a long, dry season, and rainfall is concentrated in the winter, while the high-temperature oscillation between day and night is one of the main factors responsible for the intense colour of die wines. The elevation ensures that nights are cool and the crisp morning breezes blowing down from the Andes Mountains moderate daytime temperatures and allow the grapes to ripen to perfection while preserving their fruit intensity and acidity.The cool morning breezes blowing down from the Andes Mountains moderate daytime temperatures and allow the grapes to ripen to perfection while preserving their fruit intensity and acidity.
"One enterprising Chilean wine producer, Eduardo Chadwick of Viña Errázuris, has managed to organize a similar evolutionary milestone for the Chilean wine industry or at least of his own wines... at what will doubtless come to be known in the History of Chilean wine as the "Berlin Tasting"" Jancis Robinson
The 2019 vintage of Viñedo Chadwick displays a beautiful and attractive ruby red colour with a violet shimmer. Complex on the nose, it has aromas of cherry and raspberries, all framed by delicate notes of sweet spices like cloves and nutmeg, plus some pastries, black fruits and a floral touch. The palate presents cherries, raspberry pie and sweet spices, full of subtleties in delicate layers alongside polished tannins with great length and persistence. This is an exceptional vintage of Viñedo Chadwick with extreme elegance and finesse, freshness and a superb ageing potential.
Age meet, traditional deaches with strong sauce, Traditional lang cooked with a barbecue