Rafael Tirado 2019 'Laberinto' Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley
Item Number: 14324
Region: Central Valley
Sub Region: Maule
Appellation/AVA: Maule Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Volcanic
Elevation: 1,800 feet
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are harvested by hand. They macerate in the press for 4 to 6 hours at 51 degrees. The wine does not see any oak. It is aged for three months in bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: This Sauvignon Blanc has a bright nose with guava, passion fruit, and lemon leading to a mineral midpalate and soft undertones of crushed rock. The volcanic ash from the vineyard adds to this minerality and sustained finish. The Sauvignon Blanc is fermented in 100% stainless steel which leads to a very juicy and refreshing wine.
About Laberinto: Laberinto is a small winery owned by Rafael Tirado and his family in Colbun near a lake in an eastern mountainous region of the Maule Valley. He began to plant vines in 1993 and now cultivates 5 separate sections totaling 18 hectares of vines within their 80-hectare property.
Featured in the Forbes.com article Wines Of Chile: A Whole New World Of Style And Excellence
"One last great Sauvignon Blanc I’ll note is the Labertino 2017 from Maule Valley in central Chile, south of the Maipo and Curico Valleys. This dazzling Sauvignon Blanc was made by Rafael Tirado, one of the country’s top consulting enologists, and he has crafted a wine with ripe melon and grapefruit flavors that is quite rich, yet also subdued, as this is an assertive, but not overly aggressive Sauvignon Blanc. Do what you can to locate a bottle."