Maule Valley

Maule Valley

The Maule Valley was one of the first areas in Chile where vines were planted and its viticulture history stretches back to the start of colonisation. The valley was originally known for the quantity more that the quality of its wines, but in recent years it has attracted renewed attention. Since the mid-1990s, new technologies have been introduced, allowing the region to improve the quality of its wines. Despite this, some of Maule's old techniques have survived and the region is fast becoming known for some 70-year-old Carignan vines that are being used to produce soft, earthy red wines with rich plum and black-fruit flavours.

Maule lies at the southern end of the Central Valley and is one of the coolest wine producing areas in Chile, although the Maule River flowing east to west has a moderating effect on the climate. The river also provides the different alluvial soil types found around the region, which included granite, red clay, loam and gravel. On the slopes where the vines grow, the soils are free-draining and more fertile on the valley floor.

Many hectares are grown organically and have been certified as organic for decades. The Maule Valley produces good value everyday wines of quality that has been improving over the years. There are also old-bush, dry-farmed vineyards that produce naturally balanced field blends of Carignan, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and other yet to be identified varieties. Newer plantations include Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Carménère with bright acidity and juicy fruit notes.

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  1. Sauvignon Blanc, Armonia, 2018

    A great value single varietal wine from the esteemed Hugo Casanova of Chile. Armonia translates from Italian to 'harmony' which perfectly describes this white that has a delicate fruity nose and rounded gooseberry fruit flavours.

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  2. Cabernet Sauvignon, Armonia, 2016

    Armonia, meaning harmony in Italian, shows the heritage of the Hugo Casanova winery whose founders arrived in Chile at the end of the 19th Century. This Cabernet Sauvignon is fruity and medium bodied with black fruit flavours and vanilla notes on the finish - great with food or as an aperitif.

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  3. Sauvignon, Linaje Estate, 2018

    Delicate fruity nose gives way to a palate of uplifting acidity and rounded gooseberry fruit flavours.

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  4. Cabernet Sauvignon, Linaje Estate, 2016
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    The Linaje Cabernet is a fruity and easy to drink, medium bodied red wine. Plum jam and cedar aromas lead to a palate of soft black fruits, ending with vanilla notes.

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  5. Carmenere, Reserva Antano Estate, 2017

    The Antano Reserva wines from Hugo Casanova are single-variety with good structure and great intensity. Ageing is done in American and French oak barrels for 5 months giving extra complexity.

    This delicious Carménère has a subtle nose of cherries and dry figs with a spicy touch while the palate is packed full of ripe berry flavours. 

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  6. Cabernet Sauvignon Rose, Reserva Antano Estate, 2017

    A bright pink rosé colour and a nose packed with strawberries, raspberries and a delicate floral touch. Delicate and fresh this is a tasty and easy drinking wine with red fruit flavours and good acidity. The perfect drink to be enjoyed with food cooked outdoors.

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  7. Merlot, Reserva Antano Estate, 2017

    A great drinking Merlot with aromas of blueberries, blackberries and a touch of vanilla. A tasty medium-bodied wine that is soft and round to taste with a pleasant finish. Hugo Casanova's Antano range has won many awards throughout the world.

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  8. Sauvignon, Reserva Antano Estate, 2017

    This Reserva Sauvignon shows herbal and green characters together with aromas of limes, asparagus and passion fruit. Typical Leyda terroir and the maritime influence of the pacific provide a creamy textured palate with honeysuckle and a crisp acidity.

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  9. Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserva Antano Estate, 2017

    Full of plum and strawberry aromas with a touch of leather which gives it real character. A good solid body with a structure, persistence and a plummy richness. Ideal with roasted red meat.

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  10. Chardonnay, Reserva Antano Estate, 2017
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    This Chardonnay has fresh, tropical fruit aromas of grapefruit and pineapple entwined with notes of hazelnut from its 6 months ageing in oak. This freshness continues in the mouth and leads to a smooth and long finish.

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  11. Chardonnay Reserva, Hugo Casanova Estate, 2016
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    This Chardonnay has fresh, tropical fruit aromas of grapefruit and pineapple entwined with notes of hazelnut from its 6 months ageing in oak. This freshness continues in the mouth and leads to a smooth and long finish.

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  12. Merlot Reserva, Hugo Casanova Estate, 2015

    A ruby red wine with violet hues. Tobacco, chocolate and spice are all there on the nose while the taste is mature and complex with a long finish. As a reserva wine it has spent 10 months ageing in French oak barrels.

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