Quebrada Del Chucao Cider 2015

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About This Wine

Quebrada del Chucao [Pron: Kay-brada del choo-cow] is a rare example of a bottle conditioned Chilean cider, crafted using the méthode champenoise, a process Diego Rivera favours for the deeper character and elegant, soft carbonation it imparts. All the bottles are turned and disgorged by hand. 'Our style is a mix between Asturian and English cider, focusing on the dryer side of it. I think we have worked the aromatic side in a more interesting way than typical Spanish ciders, trying to avoid excessive oxidation while imparting a wilder, more complex aroma and flavour.' This release from the 2015 harvest is a bone dry style with ripe, tangy, spiced apple and smoky aromas, crunchy freshness and balanced craft beer and animal notes. In the mouth there's a terrific balance of fruit sweetness, savoury salty hints and mouth-watering freshness (derived from what Riverva estimates to be 50% of sharp/bittersharp varieties in the blend). But overall it's dry, dry, dry and super intense. In terms of style, we'd put to somewhere between a West Country style and the sharp, tangy freshness of the Asturian style. But then there's also a hint of Normandy farmhouse funk too. Heck, what do we know; it's certainly a delicious,

Type Cider
Varietal(s) Cider
Country Chile
Region Loncoche
Brand Quebrada Del Chucao
Vintage 2015

About Chilean Wines

Chile is a New World wine region and a significant player being the 5th largest exporter of wine in the world. While known for producing quality wines at value price points, wines from the region have also occasionally been awarded top places at international wine competitions.

The geography and climate of Chile is interesting for wine making in that there are dramatic changes from East to West and North to South. You have the Pacific Ocean running along the West coast bringing in cool ocean breezes. Along the Eastern side of the country’s border are elevated vineyards in the Andes mountain ranges; and in between the two you have warm valleys. Of course, in the North-South direction you have a major difference in latitude between the most northerly and southerly points. With a vast array of different wine growing conditions, Chile has shown that it can produce various varietals and different styles of wine.

In the warmer and drier areas of Chile, they make some concentrated and full-bodies reds such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Cooler areas will focus on Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Sauvignon Blanc. Cabernet Sauvignon made in Chile is known to have softer tannins.

A rare grape, that you can’t not talk about when talking about Chilean wines is that of Carmenere. This grape originated from Bordeaux, France, and was nearly completely wiped out during the phylloxera plague of 1857. However, Carmenere was mistakenly planted as Merlot across Chile and was rediscovered in 1994. The varietal suited the conditions in Chile more so than those in France and Chile now has the world’s largest plantings of the grape at 8,800 hectares.

The natural borders of Chile have protected its vines from ever being contaminated by phylloxera louse. This means that Chilean vines don’t need to be grafted onto resistant roots like those in Europe.

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