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 about nine months to achieve a harmonious balance between oaky notes and the freshness of the fruit.
Escudo Rojo Reserva Chardonnay is made entirely from the same grape variety even though the requirement under Chilean law is only 75%. Chardonnay is a classic grape with a highly distinctive personality that makes it the world’s most sought-after variety. It gives rich, well-balanced and complex wines with ripe tropical fruit aromas.
Tropical fruits - Nuts - Powerful - Generous
An attractive pale yellow with a golden hue.
The complex and intense nose opens on aromas of white blossom and fruit such as white nectarine, lychee and pear, mingled with gentle toasted hazelnut.
From a very fine, elegant and succulent attack that displays freshness, good substance and excellent acidity, the generous and seductive mid-palate reveals pineapple, mango and nectarine flavours together with delicate notes of nuts.