A BIT OF MAGIC FROM CHILE: CALCU WINES
Just before the fantastic CHILEAN WINES ON TOUR tasting in the Netherlands, I received 12 bottles of wines from Chile, allowing me to (re)discover the wines of one of my favourite wineries there, VIÑA MAQUIS and their sister winery CALCU. Tasting such high quality wines is always a pleasure. The charming Marcela Molina, commercial manager of the company was pleased to send me those samples. Some of them were already tasted during ProWein 2013 (see here) but it is good to have a second opinion of a wine, this time in quite moments, at home.
A BIT OF MAGIC: CALCU WINES
Why ‘magic’, not only because the wines are very well made, but also because of the name ‘CALCU’, meaning… MAGICIAN in Mapudungun (Mapuche language).
CALCU SAUVIGNON BLANC 2013 COLCHAGUA ANDES
This was my first Sauvignon Blanc from CALCUN, my expectations were quite high, may be too high. Nice enticing pale colour; fresh nose with personal associations like tropical fruit, green melon, artichoke and on the back a bit more herbaceous than what I was expecting. On the palate, freshness dominates, completed by a lovely juiciness, a hint of minerality (great work on the lees?) and a touch of pleasant bitterness (artichoke). The balance is perfect; the wine is refreshing and very tasty. *** Good wine with character and some complexity
CALCU ROSE 2013 COLCHAGUA ANDES
Lovely ‘Provence’ alike light salmon colour. Very fresh in the nose, spraying layers of fruits, reminding me the old fashioned but so aromatic and tasty grand-mother dessert called rødgrød in Denmark and rote grütze/rode grutt in Germany, a bowl full of all kinds of red fruits (of course without the fløde/cream in this case). On the palate, the wine is fresh, juicy, fruity and slightly mineral (good work on the lees?). The balance is perfect, may be because it has just enough residual sugar and a medium-full body. *** Good wine with character and some complexity
CALCU CABERNET FRANC 2011 COLCHAGUA ANDES
Quite a nice surprise, a very different type of cabernet franc compared with what I have tasted until now from Chile, except for its big brother from MAQUIS. Not really a surprise, because it comes from the same estate. Loads of red fruit, spices, a hint of smoke and some chocolate in the nose; this goes on in the mouth with ripe tones, a great juiciness, a round and quite complex structure, ending in a long and very pleasant finish with very soft tannines and a nice touch of minerality. What a lovely wine! ***(*) Good wine with character and complexity
CALCU CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2011 COLCHAGUA ANDES
Cabernet Sauvignon on the label means at least 85% of it in the bottle; the rest is 10% carmenère and 5% petit verdot. A very nice blend, indeed! Ripe, dark fruit in the nose, with a hint of chocolate. Rich, full but also fresh, fruity, elegant and juicy on the palate, very well balanced with lovely ripe and soft tannins. ***(*) Good wine with character and complexity
CALCU CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2011 GRAN RESERVA COLCHAGUA ANDES
This wine was not even ready for labelling, it got a temporary label. The colour was quite purple, pretty obvious. Another great surprise! Very enticing nose, fresh, ripe fruity, spicy, with a hint of green Provence aromatic herbs and some smoke. On the palate, power and elegance, lovely juiciness, great freshness and balance, ripe and velvety tannins, very tasty finish with a nice touch of minerality. Lovely wine! ***(*) Good wine with character and complexity
CALCU WINEMAKER’S SELECTION 2010 COLCHAGUA VALLEY
A blend of 60% cabernet sauvignon, 25% cabernet franc and 15% carmenère, from 3 different spots in the Colchagua Valley. Again a shot in the bull’s eye… Oops, the bull is the iconic look of Calcu… Well, they do eat some beef on the grill from time to time. And that is definitely a great wine for the very best meat you can afford! Very appealing aromas of cherry, blackberry, plums, spices and well integrated oak nuances; lovely fresh on the palate, sapid, round, full, elegant and sensual in the same time, with a long and velvety finish, fruity, spicy and mineral. A very charming wine for wine (and grilled meat) lovers! ***(*) Good wine with character and complexity