Casa Bauzá Veraz Cabernet Franc 2019

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Winemaker Natalia’s aim with this wine is to prove that Chile is capable of making Cabernet Franc that ranks up there with the best in the world. 

To do that she needed to find a vineyard with spectacular fruit. This led her to Pumanque in the fresher, western part of Colchagua Valley, and a vineyard owned by one of Chile’s big wine companies.

The vineyard manager here is one of the best in the country, in charge of supplying the grapes for some of the most luxurious and expensive wines in Chile. He’s known Natalia for years, so he let her select the best corner of the vineyard for this wine.

Natalia tells me making Cabernet Franc is tricky business. It takes a while to show itself, so you have to trust the winemaking process. 

And no expense is spared along the way. These are the priciest grapes that Natalia buys for Casa Bauza, and she ages the wine for 24 months in big 2,500L French oak casks made by one of the best European coopers. 

The nose is so pure and luxurious. The high quality oak is there, but it frames the vibrant and intense Cabernet Franc fruit. Then on the palate it’s juicy, earthy and complex, with a lovely minty and savoury edge. It’s drinking well now, but will reward you with a few more years’ ageing.

This wine is a personal challenge for Natalia - she wants to make Chile’s best Cabernet Franc. There aren’t too many other examples around these parts, but I dare say you needn’t look past this one!

Wine type Red
Grape(s) Cabernet Franc 85%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Syrah 5%
Country Chile
Region of origin Colchagua
Vintage 2019
Alcohol % 14
Oak? Yes
Months in Oak 24
Type of Oak French oak, 2500 L
Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) None
Average age of vines 2009
Average altitude of vines (m) 150 meters of altitude
Soil type(s) Granitic origin, mixture between sandy and clay in the deeper profile
Closure Type Natural Cork
Is this wine organic? No
Biodynamic? No
Sustainably produced? No
Suitable for vegans? Yes
Ageing potential 10 years
Ideal drinking window 2022-2028

Head winemaker of Casa Bauza and Chile's Young Winemaker of the Year in 2018

Read more about Natalia here

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