Overall, the weather in 2018 was exceptional, bringing the grapes to optimum maturity while retaining their freshness.
The harvest was early, starting on 23 February with the Villavicencio white grapes and ending on 10 May with the Carmenere grapes. At the Maipo winery, grapes came in from 26 March to 17 May.In keeping with the average, grapes were picked 10 to 15 days later than for the 2017 vintage. The decisive factor was a period of relatively low temperatures during the end of the ripening process, from December to February. The grapes ripened more slowly as a result, allowing them to preserve an aromatic freshness sometimes difficult to attain in Chile. This was followed by excellent weather which brought the grapes to optimum phenolic maturity and heralded the start of the harvest.
At this stage 2018 is a very promising vintage, combining good concentration and powerful, expressive fruit.
The power of New World wines combined with the refinement of Old World wines!
Half the vintage is matured in one-year-old oak barrels for 12 months.
Escudo Rojo Gran Reserva is a blended wine made from four different grape varieties. Cabernet Sauvignon (40%) and Cabernet Franc (2%), traditional Bordeaux varieties, give refinement and tannic power, while Carmenere (38%) and Syrah (20%) bring body, density and a touch of spice.
Black fruits - Hazelnut & Coffee - Powerful - Generous
An intense, glittering crimson with a purple tint.
The powerful, very intense and fruit- forward nose reveals a mixture of red and black berry fruit aromas, mingled with spicy notes of black pepper and subtle touches of vanilla, caramel and mocha.
From a powerful and complex attack, the medium-bodied mid-palate is underpinned by very mature tannins.
With good substance and balanced acidity, it reveals wild berry flavours, especially blackberry and bilberry.
Ripe fruit notes linger on the palate, together with a return of the spice notes found on the nose, while toasted hazelnut and roast coffee-bean flavours complete the long, rich and well-balanced finish, underpinned by elegant tannins.