Source: jamessuckling.com. Wednesday, August 4, 2021 (JS-94)
Aromas of blueberries, blackberries and fresh flowers. Very cool and pure. Medium-bodied with fine, linear and very integrated tannins that are compressed and silky-textured. New second wine of Almaviva. Needs time to open. Try after 2024.
Source: Issue 256 End of August 2021, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 30th Aug 2021 (RP-93 )
The first truly international release of the second wine is going to be the 2019 Epu, which has changed image and label, looking a little more like Almaviva, and is going to be sold through the Bordeaux n?goce. 2019 was a very dry vintage, and the blend is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Carmenere, 2% Merlot and 1% Cabernet Franc with slightly higher alcohol than 2018 and with lower acidity, matured in used barriques for one year. In terms of freshness, the wine is quite similar to the 2018 that I tasted next to it, obviously a little younger, quite intense and fruit-driven, spicy and herbal, with a creamy texture and fine-grained tannins. It’s a second wine, but they also want to do something different and Epu is perhaps a little more classical, perhaps this is more Bordeaux and Almaviva is more Chilean. 70,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2020 and January 2021.
Drink Date: 2021 – 2028
EPU, the name of Almaviva’s second wine, means two in the language of the Mapuche, one of the main indigenous cultures of southern Chile. The symbol is a reference to the Tupu, an ornament which expresses fundamental aspects of the worldview of various ancient Andean civilisations. EPU comes from the same exceptional vines and terroir of Almaviva, Puento Alto, one of the coolest areas of Chile’s Maipo Valley that offers the perfect conditions for growing Cabernet Sauvignon which is the heart of the blend. Modelled on the second wines of the most prestigious Bordeaux ch?teaux and produced in very limited quantities, EPU shares many characteristics of Almaviva, nonetheless, expressed through its own personality. Having forged its own personality along the years, Cabernet Sauvignon is predominant in EPU at more than 80% of the blend, while its proportion in Almaviva is closer to 70%, conferring the wine a different identity that is less creamy with more verticality than Almaviva. EPU 2019, the first international release of EPU, is the perfect introduction to the exclusive world of Almaviva.
Tasting Note: The nose is attractive, vibrant and fruit forward, with aromas of wild raspberry and cassis, combined with subtle notes of spices and tea leaves. On the palate, the attack is round and pleasant; nicely balanced between tension and ripeness, density and ?finesse, the wine presents smooth and polished tannins. The predominant Cabernet Sauvignon reveals the pure expression of the Puente Alto terroir, with an intense, fresh and distinctive fruit of cassis and berries. An elegant, harmonious and youthful wine, with persistent notes of vanilla and red berries throughout its long savoury finish.