Ver Sacrum GSM Chacayes 2017
This wine is a field blend of 70% Grenache Noir, 15% Monastrell, and 15% Syrah all co-fermented. The nose is earthy and muddled with hints of blackberry and cherry luden with under notes of forest floor, fungi, tea leaf, thyme, and candied leather. The palate is juicy and lush with black fruits, currant, and fine grained tannins that lead to a light finish of clove and cinnamon.
Varietal: 70% Garnacha, 15% Monastrell, 15% Syrah
Alcohol Content: 13%
Region / Location:Los Chacayes, Uco Valley, Mendoza
Farming Practices: Sustainable
Soil Type: Calcareous river stones
Stem Inclusion: 50% Whole Cluster
Winemaker: Eduardo Soler
Élevage: 4th Use French Oak for 8 months and then 12 months in bottle
Maceration/Fermentation: Field Blend, Co-Fermented, 14 days Maceration and then 20 days fermentation in 3000L unlined cement egg.
Wine Advocate – “Given the success of their Mediterranean blend, they planted a vineyard in Chacayes with the field blend they use in the wine: 70% Garnacha and 15% each Syrah and Monastrell, and the varieties are harvested and fermented together. The result is a finer and more mineral 2017 GSM, with notes of cherries in liqueur, a little à la Châteauneuf-du-Pape with a serious palate with fine-grained, chalky tannins. This is a tad riper than the other reds, possibly from having to harvest Garnacha and Monastrell at the same time, when the two varieties have very different ripening moments.” (93 Pts)
Vinous – “A bit darker on the nose than the Garnacha in its fruit character, with raspberry, black cherry and menthol notes dominating. Firmer and more backward too, showing a solid spine of acids and tannins and touch of medicinal reserve to its nicely delineated red berry, wild herb and spice flavors. Again, this is more juicy than fleshy or alcoholic, but there’s more structure and weight here than the Garnacha is currently showing. Finishes with firm, dusty tannins and subtle rising persistence.” (91 Pts)