75cl * Vegan * 13.5% ABV * Curicó Valley, Chile
Situated in Chile’s Curicó Valley, about three hours drive south of Santiago, the Manso vineyard produces a typically full-bodied Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. The Viejas Vinas (Old Vines) wording on this bottle is a serious understatement. The vines are 110 years old and are protected as a national monument! The age of these wines mean they produce just a tiny quantity of top quality fruit.
Cabernet Sauvignon thrives in Chilean growing conditions, benefitting from the on average extra 50 days of growing season that Chile enjoys over Europe. For the late ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, this aids the ripening of tannins and acidity, which can be fierce in under-ripe Cabernet. Chile’s naturally cool temperatures overnight help retain real intensity of fruit flavour and give a shockingly deep, almost black colour. Manso de Velasco displays all these hallmarks and is further proof that Cabernet Sauvignon is more often Chile’s most successful grape variety for great quality wine.
The wine spends 18 months ageing in French oak from Nevers (70% new barrels). It shows ripe black fruits and chocolate on the nose along with some liquorice, toast, clove, and the hallmark blackcurrant-leaf characteristics of Cabernet grapes. It is an intense, bold and structured wine that will continue to improve for at least a decade in the cellar.
Pairs well with lamb, beef and venison dishes.
Drink: Now - 2026+