Winemaker Marcelo Papa has been named "The Seeker of Noble Roots" with his endevours into exploration to find the best soils Chile has, to produce the country's finest wines. Behind Marques de Casa Concha for 21 years, with attention to every detail of its production and obsessed with seeking out the perfect soils for each variety to deliver the best expression that Vina Concha y Toro can provide.
The vineyards for the Heritage red blend are located in the Puente Alto denomination of origin, on the northern bank of the Maipo River, specifically on the river’s third alluvial terrace, which is one of the oldest and that instills great character and elegance to the wines that come from there. The soils are of alluvial origin, rocky, poor in nutrients, and highly permeable due to the amount of gravel in the subsoil, which enables excellent drainage. Climate here is semi-arid and Mediterranean with strong influence of the Andes mountains. Being the coldest part of the Maipo Valley this extends the ripening process of the grapes, concentrating and intensifying flavors and aromas.
Upon arriving at the winery, the grapes (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cab Franc and 4% Petit Verdot) are destemmed and crushed for fermentation, which takes place in closed stainless steel tanks with daily pump overs throughout the entire 10-day process. The new wine remains in contact with its skins for approximately 10 days, when it is devatted and malolactic fermentation is allowed to take place naturally. Aged for 16 months in 25% new and 75% second use French oak barrels, this wine has excellent potential for ageability.
Tasting Notes: Deep, dark red in color with lush flavors of cherries, blackcurrants, blackberries, cedar, and a bit of tilled earth. It shows a tremendous concentration of flavors and a smooth, almost silky texture framed by a firm tannic structure that truly stands out at the beginning of the long savory finish.