Situated 100 kilometres south of Santiago in the Cachapoal Valley in the foothills of the Andes, this estate has been transformed since being purchased by Sogrape in 2008. Renowned soil scientist and viticultural consultant Pedro Parra was brought in to assess the plots and match the appropriate grape variety with the different soils around the estate. The type of rootstock, planting density, orientation and the frequency of irrigation were all within Pedro’s remit. The results of his work, which have significantly improved grape quality, are now reflected in the wines which are carefully made by head winemaker Meinard Jan Bloem with support of renowned consultant, Alberto Antonini.
The estate’s first vineyards were planted in 1948 and today Château Los Boldos has 170 hectares of vineyards planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Syrah. The Mediterranean climate with clear, bright skies and a high diurnal temperature range due to the proximity of the Andes mountains, are both ideal for growing fruit that retains fresh acidity while achieving optimum ripeness. The nearby Cachapoal river also moderates temperatures, while stony alluvial soils in the vineyard ensure low yields. Château Los Boldos makes wine using fruit exclusively from their own vineyards, therefore retaining control from grape to bottle and ensuring consistently high quality.
Los Boldos has 170 hectares of vineyards which benefit from a Mediterranean climate. The clear, bright skies during the summer and the high diurnal temperature range are ideal for growing fruit that maintains fresh acidity whilst ripening to perfection. The nearby Cachapoal river also moderates temperatures, while stony alluvial soils in the vineyard ensure low yields. Los Boldos makes wine exclusively from their own vineyards, therefore controlling everything from grape to bottle.
The Syrah grapes for this wine were macerated in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation lasted eight days, at temperatures between 25-28°C. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation before 60% of the wine was placed in French oak barrels and aged for six months.
A deep, dark red wine, with aromas of ripe red fruits and spiced notes of black pepper and tobacco. On the palate, this wine is balanced and spicy with velvety tannins and a soft, fruity finish.