2013 Novas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Emiliana, Maipo, Chile | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

I must admit that there have been fewer and fewer wines from the New World on my table in recent years. It has happened to Chilean Cabernets have been dismissed as blackcurrant juice. But this dense, garnet red cabernet sauvignon has balance and a pleasant oak character. It has been aged in both French and American oak barrels with a third in steel tank.

The nose is full of cherry, black currant and strawberry but also cedar, tobacco and liquorice. On top of this hovers a light tone of violets. The taste is fruity with blackcurrant and cherry with a hint of bitterness. There is tobacco and dark chocolate. The tannins are distinct but are offset by the subtle fruit and a quite substantial body. The wine is also organic and has a very reasonable price which makes it even more attractive. Price: ~10 euro. The wine is produced by Emiliana in Chile.

There is a revival in Chile, with many ambitious wines. Come on BKWine’s wine tour to Chile and Argentina in February to experience it yourself.

Emiliana Novas Gran Reserva

Emiliana Novas Gran Reserva, copyright BKWine Photography

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