Vinedo Chadwick 2020


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The 2020 Viñedo Chadwick fermented in stainless steel and concrete or troncoconic vats, and this year more of the wine matured in Stockinger foudre—more than 25% of the volume—for 22 months. They did a softer extraction to compensate for the warmer year, and the moderate alcohol helped to keep the oak extraction to a minimum; as a result, the wine comes through as very harmonious and elegant. It has good ripeness and an absence of herbal and minty aromas; the wine from older vines behaves better—the grapes ripen and the alcohol (with good management of the irrigation) with moderate yields produce this unique Cabernet. The palate is round and velvety, keeping very good freshness and a texture and mouthfeel that does not reflect a warmer year at all. This is delicate and juicy with very good intensity of fruit and no room for sweetness or over-ripeness. A triumph over the natural conditions of the year. 10,000 bottles produced. It was bottled the 1st of February 2022.

Score: 97

Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, Maturity: 2023-2030 31 August 2022

The 2020 Viñedo Chadwick was made in a warm, early ripening year and is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 22 months, three quarters in new French barrels and the rest in foudres. The ripe nose features blackcurrant, ripe plum and blackberry underneath prominent herbal notes and sweet spices aromas from the aging process. Intense with a rich palate. The wood takes control in the mouth before the slightly compact finish is compensated for by the velvety, opulent feel. A pure wine with a fruity finish.

Score: 94

Joaquín Hidalgo, Maturity: 2025 - 2045 01 August 2022

The focus for this iconic 15ha estate is firmly on dark fruits and powerful Cabenet Sauvignon character, with its muscular tannic structure and intense red and black fruits wrapped up in bitter chocolate. Slow-build spices, this shows a different side of Chile, and the heat of the vintage comes through not in flavour - the fruit is fresh and supple - but in power and super-charged concentration. I'm always a big fan of what they achieve here, and winemaker Francisco Baettig has done an excellent job of harnessing the potential of the site and its 30 year old vines. Harvest began March 12 and was finished by the beginning of April, keeping this relatively low alcohol, with winemaking focusing on lower temperatures to moderate the natural power and tannic architecture of the vintage. Clear ageing potential. 25% in large Stockinger oak casks, 75% new oak.

Score: 95

Jane Anson, Maturity: 2027+ 02 July 2022

Deep nose, but also precise and nuanced, with high-grade cigar box, fresh red berries, currants, charcoal, grilled meat and olives. Fine cocoa bean and mint, too. Ultra-fine and polished with a very precise, rather linear palate for cabernet. Precise, restrained, classy and long with a hint of creme de cassis in the end. 100% cabernet sauvignon. Drink or hold.

Score: 98

James Suckling, Maturity: 2022+ 21 April 2022