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2018 Sideral, San Pedro
Red, Warm and Spicy
596 in stock
Tasting Note: The aromas are ripe, inviting and complex: black cherry, blackcurrant, roasted red pepper, worcesterberry and treacle. In the mouth, it is rich and soft, with rounded, velvety tannins and lovely juicy fruit character. A superbly well-balanced and well-rounded wine, this is ever so easy to enjoy.
Food Matching: Big, hearty dishes – roast red meats, stews and game.
Vineyard: A collaboration between one of Chile’s oldest and largest wineries, Vina San Pedro and the Grand Cru Classe Chateau Dassault. Two wines are produced here, Altair itself and a ‘second wine’ Sideral, designed for earlier drinking. These are polished wines with a real Chilean identity. Located in the high quality Casablanca Valley and within close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the vineyards are situated in several exceptional sites. In the scorching Chilean summer, the vines are cooled by ocean breezes and rolling mists that funnel up the valley. These ideal conditions allow grapes to ripen slowly and gently – creating intense yet delicate flavours and lovely fresh acidity. The vineyards are between 9 and 20 years old. Cabernet Sauvignon massal selection, Syrah clone 174, Petit Verdot massal selection, Cabernet Franc massal selection, and Carmenere massal selection. All were planted from ungrafted root-stock.
Vinification: The grapes were handpicked in 15 kg bins before sent to the first table selection. The bunches were then destemmed and the berries passed through a second table selection before being crushed with a smooth pressing. The wine goes through a pre- fermentative cold maceration for 4-6 days. It is then fermented at temperatures of 24° – 29°C, during 17 days. When fermentation has finished, the wine was aged in French and American oak barrels for 12 months.