Rafael Tirado 2019 'Laberinto' Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley

Rafael Tirado 2019 'Laberinto' Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley

Item Number: 14324

UPC: 7-804632830065

Country: Chile
Region: Central Valley
Sub Region: Maule
Appellation/AVA: Maule Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2019
Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
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."

Reviews

  • Vinous
    Rating: 94+ (2/28/2020)

    2019 was a milder year than 2018, and the 2019 Cenizas de Laberinto Sauvignon Blanc is marginally more civilized than the 2018 I tasted next to it. It was kept with the lees in the fermentation vessel for some eight months. Even so, in this part of much cooler Maule, the differences between vintages tend to be more subtle, and 2019 is not a warm vintage, just less cold. Perhaps the wine is a little rounder, more citrusy than herbal and surprisingly has lower alcohol than the 2018 I tasted next to it. It has terrific balance on the palate, with acidity that still makes you salivate and is effervescent but perhaps not as sharp as colder years. It's a balanced vintage, and the wine feels very complete and precise. He has moved from screwcap to natural cork in 2019, as he thinks it will result in higher complexity as the wine ages in bottle. Bravo!
  • Vinous
    Rating: 92 (3/13/2020)

    This Sauvignon Blanc from Colbún in the Maule Andes has a bold, compact, grassy flavor ranging from peas to cabbage with lime and pink grapefruit. Neutral on the palate with solid freshness, the well-judged lees-work lends it fat in the mouth and tamps down the tension. Lingers energetically on the gums.