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International Trophy Red Bordeaux Varietals under £15 – Indomita, Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva, Maipó Valley, Chile 2014 (14%)

Outstanding, and so much wine for the price. It’s serious, grown-up and savoury, with a nose of sweet cassis and smoky, dark fruit. There are hints of tobacco and green spice on the palate, bolstered by mature red fruits with a balsamic tinge and great concentration.
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Since 2005, this wine has been made from a single-vineyard lot in the coastal area of Chile’s Maipó Valley, in what the Indomita team describes as a ‘heavenly spot with rolling hills’.

It’s also a classic location for growing Cabernet Sauvignon which, despite the rise in prominence of Carmenere, remains Chile’s most significant variety – dubbed ‘the undisputed king’ by the winery.

Here, in the hands of winemakers Roberto Carrancá and Fernando Catalán, and winemaking consultant Duncan Killiner, it produces a wine which is quintessentially Chilean, preferred by our judges to contenders from the Loire and Stellenbosch for its firm, juicy character, excellent depth and pure fruit expression.

This plot in coastal Maipó is all about granite soils and a mild climate, where the warmth of spring and summer is eased by the cool, refreshing breezes that blow in from the ocean each evening. This tempering influence extends the maturation period and allows the grapes to ripen slowly, with the cold night-time temperatures allowing them to develop thicker skins, full of colour, flavour and texture.

Those who have followed the Decanter World Wine Awards over the years will not be surprised by Indomita’s success: the 2007 vintage of the same wine won the International Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon under £10 in 2009. That’s no mean feat for a winery which only produced its first wine in 2001.


The Indomita winery sits atop rolling hills of Cabernet Sauvignon vines – Chile’s ‘king’ variety

Tasted against

Eikendal, Cabernet Sauvignon, Stellenbosch, South Africa 2012 • Musset-Roullier, Les Neuf Vingt, Anjou, Loire, France 2014.

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