Origin: Valle de Maule D.O. Chile
Taste guide: Medium bodied, cassis, plum and black cherry fruit flavours, toast and vanilla notes, oaked
75cl - 13.5% - natural cork closure
Casillero del Diablo is one of the most famous wine labels from Viña Concha y Toro SA, regularly topping polls as the most trusted wine brand in the world, and widely available in the UK.
However, this is their somewhat rarer "Reserva Especial" label, benefitting from superior grapes from specific vineyards and vinified by one of their top winemakers Héctor Urzúa Pistas.
The fruit for this wine came from vineyards around the town of Cauquenes, an historic location for Chile's winemaking tradition embedded in the Maule Valley, where its privileged climate and clay and granite rich soils give this Cabernet Sauvignon unique structure and fresh fruit expression.
Grapes were both harvested by hand and machine harvested and fermented in stainless steel for 10 to 14 days. The wine was allowed to settle an marry in stainless steel tanks for 8 to 10 months before being further aged for around 9months in barrels, a mixture of French and American oak, with 25% in new oak barrels. These resultant wines were then carefully blended to produce the final wine.
The colour is bright, intense, violet-red and the nose expresses delicate notes of black fruits, such as plums and cherries, accompanied by a delicate touch of toast from ageing in oak barrels. This Cabernet Sauvignon is very well structured with pronounced character, firm tannins, and an abundance of fruit, such as blackcurrant, blackberry, plum and black cherry. Pleasing toast from the oak lends greater complexity, and the finish is long and persistent.
The winery advises that whis wine can be kept for up to to years from release, so offers great drinking for another year or more.
This is a vibrant and enchantingly elegant Cabernet Sauvignon
Sells for £10 in Ocado and the few outlets that stock it. At Binendwines it is just £7.95 - about the same price you would pay for the standard Casillero Cabernet.
Very, very limited stocks.