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Sipping with Matías Cruzat, Winemaker, Viña San Pedro

We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Matías Cruzat, the young winemaker turning heads and impressing palates at Viña San Pedro, which was founded in 1985 by the Correa Albano brothers who brought grape varieties from Chile to Spain.

Matias Cruzat

One of the largest and oldest exporters of Chilean wines, Viña San Pedro’s main winery is in Molina in the Curicó Valley south of Santiago where it has one of the largest stretches of vineyards in that country at 1,200 hectares.  Viña San Pedro also has vineyards throughout Chile including: Elqui, Casablanca. San Antonio-Leyda, Maipo, Cachapoal, Maule and Bio-Bio.

Cruzat is primarily responsible for making Viña San Pedro’s 1865 and 1865 Limited Edition wines, which are crafted from select single older vineyard plots: Sauvignon Blanc from Leyda Valley, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Elqui Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo Valley, Carmenère and Malbec from Maule Valley and Syrah from Cachapoal.

 

What we tasted:

1865 Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (Elqui Valley). This wine was like a burst of sunshine in your mouth. Fresh flavors of pineapple, grapefruit and sea salt. It had us thinking about a platter of fresh cooked seafood or a homemade “real” Caesar salad with anchovies.

1865 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (Maipo Valley). A dense velvety wine with black pepper, tobacco and dark cocoa accents. Time to sizzle up some steaks or fresh game meats.

1865 Carmenère 2015 (Maule Valley). Spicy and silky on the palate field with ripe black cherries, blackberries and dark plum. Perfect for a Sunday night roast chicken with sautéed wild mushrooms.

All of the 1865 wines are available in the U.S.A. and priced under $20.  www.sanpedro.cl

Listen to our conversation with Matias Cruzat on The Connected Table SIPS! Click the photo/link below:

 

 

With Matias Cruzat at Colangelo Partners office in New York
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Alfonso Undurraga – Wine 2.0, Extending the Family Legacy

With a six generation legacy of  growing grapes and making wine, the Undurraga family has been at the forefront of fine wine production in Chile since the 1880s. Undoubtedly one of that country’s most famous wine making families, they have a number of firsts in their lengthy list of accomplishments, not the least of which was that they were the first Chilean winery to export their wine to the United States, way back in 1903.12

When the family sold the winery in 2006, they started a new venture in the Los Lingues zone of Alto Colchagua, Koyle Winery. Run by family members Alfonso Undurraga and his sons Alfonso (Jr), Max, and Cristobol, Vina Koyle, as it is called, takes its name from a Chilean Indian word for the rare local purple flower that grows around the 2700 acres of land in the foothills of the Andes where the winery sits. The Undurraga family also owns vineyards near the coast, and source grapes from both their inland and coastal vineyards to make the wines. All their vineyards are farmed either organically or biodynamically.

Koyle's Cristobal, Max, and Alfonso
Alfonso Undurraga and his sons Alfonso (Jr), Max, and Cristobol

Currently Koyle is focusing on the following wines: Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and a small production of Chile’s flagship varietal, Carmenere.  Some proprietary blends are also in the portfolio, including AUMA, their top wine, created from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Syrah, Malbec and Petite Verdot from the winery’s oldest vineyard plantings – with each grape aged separately for 24 months in French oak before

being blended and aged in a “concrete egg” tank for an additional 9 months before bottling.

A new star on the Chilean wine scene, Vina Koyle only has a few vintages under its belt, but with over a century of experience in making wine, the Undurraga family seems to be on track to create yet another legacy for themselves in the world of Chilean wine.

Alfonso Undurraga
Alfonso Undurraga

Alfonso Undurraga (the younger) joins us on The Connected Table LIVE! April 6 at 2:00pm ET to speak about his family’s winemaking legacy, new venture Vina Koyle, and also the state of winemaking in Chile as a whole, as he also serves as Director of that country’s wine trade marketing association, Wines of Chile.

Connect: Facebook: Koyle   Twitter: @totikoyle

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Aurelio Montes: Chile’s Father & Son Winemaking Duo

Chile's Montes Winery
Chile’s Montes Winery

Fascinated by the winemaking business at an early age, Aurelio Montes, Sr. has spent a lifetime raising the bar for Chilean wines. First as a winemaker at Undurraga, and then as founder of his own eponymous winery, Viña Montes, where with the release of his now legendary Montes Alpha M, he was the first to make what the Chileans refer to as an “Icon” wine, a high end Bordeaux style blend made from the classic French varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Others have certainly followed, and Chilean Bordeaux-style blends have become a benchmark for South American wine.

Aurelio Montes Senior
Aurelio Montes, Sr.

It all started with the shared vision of Aurelio and his partner Douglas Murray, who founded Viña Montes in 1988 with the dream to elevate Chilean wine in the eyes of the world, through the shared vision that Chile had the climate and terroir to create wines that would not only stand the test of time, but would stand up to, and possibly surpass, their more well-known European counterparts.

Aurelio Montes, Junior
Aurelio Montes, Jr

Twenty five years later, Montes has done just that and become one of the truly legendary brands in the world of wine, and Aurelio, now with his son Aurelio, Jr., who helms the family’s interests in Argentina, namely the Mendoza-based Kaiken winery, remains at the forefront of South America’s winemaking industry.

Kaiken Winery, Mendoza, Argentina
Kaiken Winery, Mendoza, Argentina

Both Aurelio Sr. & Jr. join us on The Connected Table LIVE!  Wednesday October 21, 2:28pm, EST, to talk about their family’s winemaking legacy and wines, both in Chile and Argentina. We’ll also discuss their newest ventures in California: Napa Angel, a Napa Valley Cabernet; and Star Angel, series of wines from Paso Robles Syrah and Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir.

Connect:  www.monteswines.com  www.kaikenwines.com

 

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