Nearly a decade ago, Felipe Tosso and John Duval set out to create a different wine: a complex, elegant blend in the Bordeaux style. Their search led them to Maipo Alto, where Viña Ventisquero’s Head Winemaker and the Australian winemaker narrowed their investigation until they reached Pirque, an area nurtured by the influence of the Andes Mountains and the Maipo River. Here, blessed by a Mediterranean climate with more extreme temperature oscillations than the Central Valley and Coastal areas, they found the perfect place.
This is an enclave with good drainage and low fertility, where the grapes growing on the well-balanced vines, which are over twenty years old, ripen slowly, producing a Cabernet Sauvignon with fresher flavours, great structure, and firm, elegant tannins.
The winemakers agreed that this Cabernet Sauvignon should be a unique blend: classic, but with Chilean identity. The blend includes Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Carménère. Thus, the mystery of Enclave, the newest member of Viña Ventisquero’s high-end range of wines, is revealed.
Enclave is deep, dark red in colour. The nose reveals red fruit such as plums and cherries, a touch of cassis, white pepper, damp earth and a hint of black fruit. It has a very interesting aromatic complexity. Concentrated and well-structured, on the palate the firm tannins from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot mingle with the softness and complexity of the Carménère and the elegance of Cabernet Franc to give layers of flavour and a long-lasting finish. Enclave can be cellared for 10 to 15 years.