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. Carmenere, Reserva Antano Estate, 2018

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Carmenere Reserva, Hugo Casanova Estate, 2017

    The Reserva wines by Hugo Casanova are designed to showcase and enhance the typicity of each grape variety, giving a sophisticated result, with good structure and great harmony. Carménère, a grape variety originally planted in the Medoc region of France, is now rarely found there, even though it is considered as one of the six original grapes of Bordeaux. With 8'800 hectares of vines, winemakers have inadvertently preserved this grape variety that thrives in the Chilean climate.

    Aged in oak for 10 months, Hugo Casanova Reserva Carménère is full of delicious dark fruit flavours with a touch of spice on the palate.

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  5. Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Hugo Casanova Estate, 2017

    A medium-bodied wine with a bright ruby red colour. Plenty of plum and blackberry on the nose with a suggestion of oak. An elegant wine abundant in dark berry flavours that makes it great with food. A delicate, long lasting finish leaves you wanting more.

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  6. Malbec Reserva, Hugo Casanova Estate, 2017

    Deep ruby red with purple hues. Intense cherry, blueberry and ripe black plums, mixed with tobacco, vanilla and spice. Large body, robust, elegant, with firm ripe tannins that lead to a nice ending. Smokey and persistent after taste.

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  7. Cabernet Syrah, Family Reserve, Hugo Casanova, 2015

    Intense ruby red with lush aromas of ripe red fruits intertwined with spicy notes, coffee and chocolate typical of barrel aging. This special edition from Hugo Casanova is elegant, complex and extensive. Great presence of ripe berries accompanied by notes of toast and spice. Aged for a minimum of 12 months in French oak barrels.

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  8. Malbec Carmenere, Family Reserve, Hugo Casanova, 2015

    Intense ruby red with violet hues. Exuberant aromas of ripe red fruit, spices, black olives and notes of chocolate. Complex and elegant with a balanced, creamy texture. Full of ripe red fruit together with smoked notes. Strong and velveted tannins that make it persistent on the after taste.

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