Our Wines

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 Petit Verdot 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.

In 2015, we launched a second label, Casa del Magnolio, named after the old fundo that is now home to the winery. The red blend brings together Tempranillo and País from our Cauquenes Vineyard and Syrah and Cabernet from Aconcagua to create an easy-to-drink wine with lots of character. The white, introduced in 2018, is a blend of Gewurtraminer and Chardonnay from the foothills of the southern Maule Valley.

2016 Aconcagua

Flaherty 2017 Aconcagua Valley

A red wine blend from the Aconcagua Valley of Chile
49% Syrah | 28% Petite Verdot | 14% Tempranillo | 7% Cabernet Sauvignon | 2% Petite Sirah
Yields:
Syrah 10 tons /ha
Petit Verdot 9 tons/ha
Tempranillo 1.4 kilos/plant
Cabernet Sauvignon 8 tons/ha
Petite Sirah 8 tons/ha

79% Barrel aged for 18 months
21% French Oak tank
16% New French and American oak
Total production: 25,098 bottles
Bottled 14 and 15 April 2019
Alcohol 15% (% vol.)
Volatile acidity 0.74 g/l
pH 3.76
Total acidity 5.29 g/l tartaric acid
Reducing sugar 2.35 g/l
The 2017 growing season was a warmer than usual, and the grapes were harvested 15 days earlier, on average, than in 2016. The 2017 Aconcagua Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Verdot are sourced from the Redonda Vineyard located on the southern slopes of the lower Andes mountains near Panquehue in the Aconcagua Valley. These vineyards feature colluvial loam soils at an altitude of 450 meters. The Syrah was harvested between the 8th and 20th of March; the Cabernet Sauvignon on the 21st and 22nd of March; and the Petite Verdot on the 21st of March. The Petit Sirah is sourced from the Alamo Vineyard in Panquehue. The Tempranillo is from the vineyard at our home near Santa María, in a warmer section of the Aconcagua Valley with alluvial loam soils and an altitude of 530 meters; the grapes were harvested on the 7th of March.

All the grapes were hand harvested and de-stemmed 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 10 days, on average, the wine was basket pressed and then racked to barrel. The wine aged 18 months in 225 liter barrels and 4,100 liter old French oak uprights. The blend components included 9% new American and 7% new French oak barrels. The wine was filtered but not fined before being bottled.

TASTING NOTES
Our Flaherty 2017 Aconcagua displays cranberry, plum jam, red and black cherry, dried peach (called huesillos in Chile), and red licorice flavors. Notes of violet, lavender, sour cherry, spearmint, cola, vanilla cream, dried herbs, toasted oak, and 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 2024.
Ed Flaherty
Winemaker
ed@flahertywines.com


2016 Cauquenes

Flaherty Cauquenes 2016
DO Cauquenes, Maule Valley

A dry-farmed red wine blend from Cauquenes, Chile
61% Tempranillo | 35% Petite Sirah | 4% País
Yields:
Tempranillo 1 kilo/plant
Petite Sirah 1 kilo/plant
País 0.5 kilo/plant

100% barrel aged for 18 months (34% new)
Total production: 6,660 bottles
Bottled on 3 January 2018
Alcohol 14.9% (vol %)
Volatile acidity 0.85 g/l
pH 3.47
Total acidity 7.04 g/l tartaric acid
Reducing sugar 2.35 g/l

We bought the fourteen hectare Tequel Vineyard 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 Sirah were planted in 2010 based on the crazy theory that grape vines are hardy plants that can live on their own, without the pampering of drip irrigation or a trellis system. This approach was inspired by 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.

TASTING NOTES
Our Flaherty 2016 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 well, gaining complexity with time in the bottle. We recommend drinking by 2026.
Ed Flaherty
Winemaker
ed@flahertywines.com


2016 Magnolio

Casa del Magnolio 2017
Cuatro Cepas, DO Chile

A red blend of four grape varieties from two distinct growing regions of Chile
46% Tempranillo | 21% Cabernet Sauvignon | 17% País | 16% Syrah
Yields:
Tempranillo 1 kilo/plant
Cabernet Sauvignon 8 tons/ha
País 0.5 kilo/plant
Syrah 10 tons/ha

100% barrel aged for 14 months
Total production: 7,065 bottles
Bottled on 27 December 2018

Alcohol 14.4% (vol %)
Volatile acidity 0.70 g/l
pH 3.83
Total acidity 5.38 g/l tartaric
Reducing sugar 2.00 g/l

The 2017 Casa del Magnolia / Cuatro Cepas is a blend of Tempranillo and País from our dry-farmed vineyard outside the town of Cauquenes, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from the drip-irrigated vineyards in the Aconcagua Valley. The dry-farmed Tempranillo, which provides the base of the 2017 blend, has red cherry and leather notes with intense tannins. The old-vine País contributes notes typical of traditional country wines, with dried strawberry and peach highlights. The Aconcagua Cabernet Sauvignon has dried red fruit characters with spicy and herbal notes. The Syrah is blended in to create length on the palate, a rich texture, and black fruit and licorice flavors.

TASTING NOTES
The Casa del Magnolio Cuatro Cepas red blend is an easy-to-drink Wednesday-night wine. Tempranillo contributes leather and cherry flavors with chewy tannins, while the lighter País component has dried strawberry and green peach notes. The spicy notes of dried herbs and ripe red fruits from the Cabernet Sauvignon dance in the mouth. The Aconcagua Valley Syrah contributes silky tannins and licorice, providing a lovely contrast to the crunchy tannins from the dry-farmed Cauquenes fruit.
Ed Flaherty
Winemaker
ed@flahertywines.com


Casa del Magnolio 2018
Dos Cepas, DO Mule Andes

An aromatic white blend from the foothills of the southern Maule Valley of Chile
80% Gewürztraminer | 20% Chardonnay

Total production: 3,200 bottles
Bottled in October 2018

Alcohol 13.3% (% vol.)
Volatile acidity 0.45 g/l
pH 3.40
Total acidity 6.50 g/l tartaric
Reducing sugar < 2.00 g/l

Casa del Magnolio 2018 / Dos Cepas is an aromatic blend from the El Radal Vineyard, located near the Longaví River. This cool zone in the foothills of the Maule Valley is ideal for the production of sparkling wines and aromatic whites. The base of the blend is Gewürztraminer (80%), an aromatic component with notes of lychee, rose, and pink grapefruit, good body on the palate, and an intriguing hint of bitters or gin. The Chardonnay, which accounts for the remaining 20% of the blend, is a sparkling wine cuvée, with high acidity and notes of white flowers and green apple. The grapes were harvested by hand, whole-cluster pressed, and fermented in stainless steel at temperatures of 14°C to 18°C. After fermentation, the components were held on the lees over the winter to achieve a natural cold stabilization. In the spring, the wine was treated with bentonite to achieve heat stabilization and assist with decantation. Note that because the wine was only decanted and then bottled unfiltered, the formation of tartaric crystals may occur, which is a natural part of the wine’s evolution.

Ed Flaherty
Winemaker
ed@flahertywines.com

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Flaherty Wines
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