As a small, boutique winery, we have chosen to make red blends to create complexity and consistent quality by working with several different varieties. Our hand-crafted wines aim to reflect the regional differences of the areas the grapes are grown. We grow the Cauquenes fruit and the Aconcagua Tempranillo, while the balance is purchased from dedicated producers of fine wine grapes. All our fruit is hand harvested, fermented in small open top bins, basket pressed, and aged for about 18 months in French and American oak barrels (about 15% new).
Our Aconcagua blend dates to 2004, when we made two barrels each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from the Manzur Vineyard just outside San Felipe. Over the years, it has grown into our signature blend, with a Syrah base that brings the juicy fruit flavors and soft, lush tannins of the Aconcagua terroir, Cabernet Sauvignon to tighten up the structure and add spice, and small amounts of Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, and Malbec for increased complexity.
Our Cauquenes blend, first released with the 2014 vintage, is about half Tempranillo and half Petite Sirah, with a bit of País from the hundred-year-old vines on the property. The blend clearly reflects its origins, grown from dry-farmed, head-trained vines on the deep red clay soils that dominate the area. The wines from this vineyard feature well-structured tannins, wild blackberry and cherry flavors, and lots of earthy spice.
Flaherty 2014 Aconcagua Valley
A Red Wine Blend from the Aconcagua Valley of Chile
50% Syrah | 29% Cabernet Sauvignon | 15% Petite Sirah | 4% Tempranillo | 2% Malbec
Syrah 8.5 tons /ha
Cabernet Sauvignon 6.5 tons/ha
Petite Sirah 10 tons/ha
Tempranillo 1.3 kilos/plant
100% Barrel aged for18 months
13% New Romanian and American oak
Total production: 28,926 bottles (2,410 cases)
Bottled 17 November 2015
Alcohol 14.6% (vol %)
Volatile acidity 0.72 g/l
Total acidity 5.91 g/l Tartaric Acid
Reducing sugar 2.30 g/l
The 2014 Flaherty Aconcagua is a blend of five varieties. El Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Malbec are two vineyards owned by the Manzur family, located on the outskirts of San Felipe in the Aconcagua Valley, alongside the Aconcagua and Putaendo rivers. These vineyards feature alluvial sandy loam soils with lots of river stones (altitude of 450 meters). The blend also includes Syrah, Petite Sirah and Malbec from the Escorial vineyard, which is closer to Panquehue and has a cooler microclimate (400 metros). The Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested on two dates, 14 and 30 April. The Encón Syrah was harvested on three dates (14 and 28 April and 5 May) and the Escorial Syrah on two (30 March and 7 April). The Tempranillo is from the vineyard at our home near Santa María, a warmer section of the Aconcagua Valley with well-drained loam soils and an altitude of 530 meters; the grapes were hand-harvested on 24 March.
All the grapes were hand harvest and crushed directly into small one-ton open-top fermenters. The fermentations were punched down by hand three times per day. After macerating for a total of 18 days, on average, the wine was basket pressed and then racked to barrel. The wine aged 18 months in barrel with one barrel-to-barrel rack. The blend components included 13% new American, French and Romanian oak and 87% two- and three-year-old French and American oak barrels. The wine was filtered but not fined before being bottled.
Our Flaherty 2014 Aconcagua blend displays dark-fleshed plum and red cherry flavors, together with red licorice and dried peach (called huesillos in Chile). Notes of violet, lavender, sour cherry, black cherry, spearmint, cola, vanilla cream, toasted oak and new leather contribute complexity and depth. This medium-bodied wine has a twist of acidity on the entry and finishes with silky, juicy tannins. Best before 2022.
Flaherty Cauquenes 2014
DO Cauquenes, Maule Valley
A dry-farmed red wine blend from Cauquenes, Chile
62% Tempranillo | 8% País| 40% Petite Sirah
Tempranillo 1 kilos/plant
Petite Sirah 1 kilos/plant
País 0.5 kilos/plant
100% barrel aged for 18 months (33% new)
Total production: 1,806 bottles
Bottled on 17 Novemeber 2015
Total production: 19,794 bottles (1,649 cases)
Bottled 5 December 2014
Alcohol 15.2% (vol %)
Volatile acidity 0.79 g/l
Total acidity 5.61 g/l tartaric acid
Reducing sugar 2.40 g/l
This first vintage from our Tequel Vineyard is truly a labor of love. We bought the fourteen hectare property in 2008 and planted the vineyard between 2010 and 2011, using the traditional cultivation techniques still common in the region—in particular, dry farming and head training.
The vineyard is located about 15 kilometers south of Cauquenes in the Maule Region of Chile and 42 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean, which provides a cooling influence. The gently rolling hills of the area feature deep red clay soils of granitic origin. The Tempranillo and Petite Syrah were planted in 2010 based on the crazy theory that grapevines are hardy plants that can live on their own, without the pampering of drip irrigation or a trellis system. This idea arose from the original País vines growing on the property, which are older than anyone still living in the area. Thus, the Tequel Vineyard is dry-farmed and head-trained, and the wine expresses the land and viticultural traditions of Cauquenes, Chile.
Our Flaherty 2014 Cauquenes blend is mouth-filling and complex, with dry-farmed flavors and aromas, richness on the palate, and juicy rustic tannins. Wild blackberry, cherry, and blueberry flavors are beautifully complemented by notes of leather, fresh raspberry, plum, pie spices, and an inky undertone of graphite. This is a wine that will age and gain complexity with time. We recommend drinking by 2024.
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