Summary: Armador is the Spanish word for “ship owner” and is the name of our original line of wines, launched in 1999. These are vibrant, provocative, and authentic wines with extraordinary fruit and freshness. They aim to show the typicity of each variety grown in our vineyards.
Terroir: The grapes come from our historic vineyard in Padre Hurtado in the lower Maipo Valley (33° 32’25” S) at an altitude of 405 meters above sea level. The clay soils have a neutral pH and are of alluvial origin from the Maipo River basin. They are deep with good drainage, which helps control plant vigor for proper fruit load with small clusters and berries. The climate is Mediterranean with an average annual rainfall of 250-300 mm, and the daily temperature differential is 20°-25° C. All of these factors plus the coastal influence work together to enable proper fruit ripening. The vineyard is certified organic and biodynamic and managed accordingly.
Grapes are sourced from Maipo Valley where the average vine is 22 years old.
Vinification: The grapes were handpicked, and the bunches were destemmed but not crushed. The whole berries then underwent a three to four -day cold maceration at 14ºC prior to fermentation in 40,000-liter tanks using native yeasts, followed by a 10-day post-fermentation maceration at 25ºC. Malolactic fermentation took place spontaneously in tanks. Aging is done 100% in stainless steel tanks.
Ruby-red in color with a hint of violet. Red-fruit aromas recall strawberries and plums, along with notes of licorice and anise. Perfectly balanced on the palate with ripe tannins and a long, refreshing finish.
Score: 92 PointsDescorchados Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Score: 91 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
Score: 90 PointsTim Atkin MW Author: Tim Atkin MW
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