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Outstanding results for Viu Manent in The Wine Advocate 2014

July 2014

The prestigious wine guide The Wine Advocate, from the famous wine critic Robert Parker, published a detailed report on Chile.

We proudly share with you that the wines from Viu Manent were awarded with 6 excellent scores in  Luis Gutierrez report.

92 VIU1  2011

92 ViBo Punta del Viento 2011

91 Secreto de Viu Manent Sauvignon Blanc 2013

90 El Incidente 2010

90 ViBo Viñedo Centenario 2011

90 Viu Manent Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

About Viu Manent: (By Luis Gutiérrez)

This third generation family winery was created in 1935 by an immigrant from Cataluna who in 1966 bought their first vineyards. In 1990 Jose Miguel and Lorena Viu entered the business, turned to quality wines and started looking into the export market. They offer tourist activities within their premises, horse riding, a restaurant and the excellent food and wine workshop/restaurant of well-known Chilean chef Pilar Rodriguez.

I met with young winemaker, Patricio Celedon, who started there in 2010, to taste a complete range of wines in Madrid and later visited their winery on the outskirts of Santa Cruz. I enjoyed the luxury of some time with Patricio Celedon to sample most of the following wines and to talk about what they are currently doing in the Colchagua valley, the classical, warm zone where most people have concentrated on French grapes. But the Mediterranean grapes seem to make a lot of sense, as the very good blend of Garnacha, Monastrell and Syrah first produced in 2011 proves.

For the reds, they produce no less than eight bottlings of Malbec, with the top wine carrying the family name being one of them. They own 254 hectares of vineyards in three different zones in Colchagua, the main one in Fundo San Carlos where their oldest vineyards are located (150 hectares), La Capilla (20-year-old vineyards very close to Peralillo), and the newest vineyards in El Olivar on a slope in Peralillo (75 hectares) with a soil with varied minerals, clay, rocks, granite, schist. That might sound like a lot, but in Chile this is only a small to medium-sized winery. Soil and climate have been keys to producing their wines since 2010. A name to follow.

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