Viña VIK 2016 - Milla Cala 750 ml.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon; Carmenere; Cabernet Franc
Size: 750 ml.
In 2004, Alexander Vik, a Norwegian entrepreneur, proposed the creation of a world-class vineyard to produce a unique wine. To find the best terroir, he gathered a team of oenologists, climentologists, geologists, viticulturalists and agronomists to search South America. The studies and the ongoing work in the vineyard and at the winery are led by Patrick Valetten 2006, Alexander Vik chose the best terroir with optimal climatic conditions for grape growing and purchases 4,325 hectares (10,688 acres) in Chile. The specific location chosen was the Millahue Valley, or “Place of Gold”, as named by the indigenous people. Here “VIK” was born and it embodies the perfect fusion between man, experience, land, climate and the most advanced technology. Our vineyard, or “Place of Gold”, is located in the interior of the valley among innumerable gorges, offering us a variety of unequaled terroir and small microclimates – each with distinct exposures and cooled by coastal breezes -- giving it the complexity sought after and assuring us that we are on track to reach our objective of producing the best wine in South America.
The entry-level wine here is the 2016 Milla Cala, a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Carmenere, 11% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Syrah, percentages that change with the vintage. 2016 was a cold and rainy year that resulted in a wine with 13.8% alcohol. The grapes were harvested at night and had a five-day cold soak before fermenting with indigenous yeasts. Malolactic was in barrel, and the élevage lasted 20 months. I was surprised because the initial sensation was of a Syrah, and the wine only has a very small percentage of the grape; the smoky and meaty notes must come from other grapes, not from the Syrah. As the wine sat in the glass and got warmer, it turned spicier. It's juicy and has the oak nicely folded into the fruit. To me, it has the lightness and the expression of Cachapoal, in a style that's easy to drink and quite versatile for the table. 96,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2018.
James Suckling: 92
This is a fresh and pretty red with blackberry and fresh-herb character. Medium to full body, very polished and round tannins and a long, delicious finish. The second wine of Vik. Drink or hold.