Summary: Aliara is the Spanish name for the small tin cup used to dole out alcohol rations on sailing ships in times gone by. This blend is crafted from small batches of exceptional wines vinified with innovative winemaking techniques.
An artistic creation in which the winemaker sets no limits in combining New and Old World. Three or more varieties from three different valleys are harmoniously merged together to create this superior blend that reflects the best expression of each of Odfjell’s vineyards. It is crafted with a selection of the year’s best lots and barrels. A high-end wine that ages to a perfect assemblage in the bottle. A classic.
Grapes are sourced from Cauquenes-Maule Valley, Lontué Valley and Maipo Valley. Vines are 20-80 years old.
Vinification: The grapes were handpicked using 15-kg trays and 400-kg bins. Upon reception at the winery, the bunches were destemmed but not crushed. The whole berries underwent a six-day cold maceration at 14ºC prior to fermentation using native and selected yeasts in small tanks ranging from 1,000 L (T bins) to 10,000 L, followed by a 15-day post-fermentation maceration at 25ºC. Malolactic fermentation took place spontaneously in barrels.
Concentrated deep violet in color. The nose is attractive and intense with a range of aromas from the different varieties in the blend, including nuts such as hazelnuts, dates, and dried figs, as well as floral notes recalling jasmine and roses. The palate is sophisticated, intense, and juicy and complemented by chocolate, coffee, and tobacco leaves. The finish is long with ripe and velvety tannins. An unforgettable experience.
Score: 92 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
Score: 92 PointsVinous Author: Joaquín Hidalgo
Score: 93 PointsTim Atkin MW Author: Tim Atkins
Score: 94 PointsDescorchados Date: Thursday, August 18, 2016
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