LCBO Vintages Release
Winemaker Rodrigo Soto leads the production of Primus wines. He works closely with Álvaro Espinoza, pioneer in organic and biodynamic practices in Chile. The 2015 is composed entirely of Cabernet Sauvignon from the well-drained alluvial soils of the Maipo Valley in central Chile. The late-ripening varietal was introduced to Chile in the 19th century, and it flourishes in the Maipo’s warm, dry climate and long growing season.
Grapes were hand-picked and double-sorted, fermented, then left to macerate on their skins to extract deep colour and flavour. Only the best lots were selected to spend 12 months in French oak, 20% new.
This is a lively, generous Cabernet with aromas of red currant, dried cherry, fig, and spicy oak. On the palate, cherry, raspberry, and blueberry are complemented by a silky texture and fine-grained tannins.
“The same grower has supplied this varietal Cabernet since the beginning and deserves a round of applause. The vineyard is at 600 metres in the Alto Maipo and it shows in the freshness and precision of the wine. Subtle wooded, with well-toned tannins. Drink Date: 2020-2030.”
94 points, Tim Atkin Chile Special Report 2018
“A firm and chewy wine with berry and walnut character. Medium to full body, hints of vanilla and currant character. Give it a year or two to open.”
92 points, JamesSuckling.com, May 2017