Sunday, 1 June 2008

Gracia de Chile 'Lenga' Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Aconcagua Valley, Chile, cork seal, $89

The big Chilean operation Gracia de Chile seem to sell quite a bit of wine in Hong Kong. I grabbed this mainly because I was keen to try a ready available organic wine. It's 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and comes from their Aconcagua Valley vineyards.

In colour it's a deep, dark, inky purple. On the nose there's a slight sweetness and aromas of blueberries, tobacco and milk chocolate. Having a sip I'm not really impressed by the palate that seems to be a bit of a disjointed affair. There's an initial burst of plummy fruit which is quickly pushed aside by a bitter, vegetable greenness that dominates the mid-palate. Though there's a lick of sweetness on the finish and the chalky tannins were nice and soft, there's really nothing suitable about this. Gracia de Chile 'Lenga' Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 is too awkward, thin and green on the mid-palate to be really enjoyable. Visit winery website.

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