Our 2007 Max Reserva Shiraz is sourced from our Don Maximiano Estate located in the Aconcagua Valley, a region with a Mediterranean climate with moderately warm summer days and cooling afternoon breezes. The vineyards at Don Maximiano are dripirrigated and planted in 1993 on a northwestfacing 5° slope with gravelly, sandy-clay soil and very good drainage. The Shiraz vineyard is vertically trellised to provide longer solar exposure throughout the season and encourage the development of high quality fruit. The vines are spur pruned with intensive canopy management to ensure an excellent balance between leaf surface area and crop load. Climate: Mediterranean, with moderately warm summer days and cooling afternoon breezes. Soil: Gravelly, sandy - day soils. warm summer days and cooling afternoon breezes. Soil: Gravelly, sandy - day soils.
The Shiraz grapes were hand picked into small boxes of no more than 12 kgs (26.5 lbs) to avoid bruising the fruit. The grapes were carefully selected on sorting tables, then destemmed, gently crushed, and deposited into stainless steel tanks where fermentation took place at 26°- 30°C (79°-86ºF). Post-fermentation maceration lasted approximately 3 weeks, depending on the development of the individual lots. The wine was aged for twelve months in 48% new oak barrels, 52% French and 48% American.
Gorgeous violet-ruby-red in colour. The nose offers a blend of fruits that recall blackberries and ripe plum, along with the contribution of the oak that expresses chocolate, incense, and some roasted aromas. The palate presents plenty of fiber and nerve, along with a very good structure and plenty of juiciness that lends a fresh sensation to this pleasingly persistent wine.