Los Vascos Rosé 2020, Colchagua, Chile
Domaines Barons de Rothschild acquired Viña Los Vascos in 1988, animated by a pioneering spirit and with the vision to reveal the potential of this exceptional land. Today they cultivate a common dream and project: to turn the expansive vineyard of Los Vascos into a rich ecosystem producing the most elegant Chilean wines possible. Los Vascos’ rosé is made from grapes which are pressed immediately after harvesting. This preserves the freshness, the fruity aromas and the bright colour brought of the juice straight from the vineyard. It is best to drink this wine young to fully enjoy its lively character and finesse.
Los Vascos Rosé is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah. The 2020 vintage witnessed very cool evenings which has provided the wines with invigorating freshness. Notes of pomegranate, orange blossom, strawberry and pickled red plum make up an interesting an enticing nose. On the palate there’s a lovely balance of acidity to fruit leading to a refreshing and persistent finish.
Cabernet & Syrah
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