Maipo Valley, Colchagua, Leyda, Maule, San Antonio, Chile

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T.H. Cabernet Sauvignon (Alto Maipo)

SKU 13410
Country Chile
Region Maipo Valley
Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Listing MBLL
Case Config. 6x750ml
Available In BC AB MB

Colour

Deep ruby red.

Aroma

Aromas of ripe raspberries and violets, herbal notes and an interesting graphite hint on the nose.

Flavour

Refined and vertical on the palate, showing freshness and length. Good concentration of flavours, subtle fine oak influence and gentle, sweet tannins.

Food Pairing

Complements red meats, lamb, pork and mature cheeses.

More Info

T.H. stands for Terroir Hunter. Grapes were sourced from a selected vineyard in Pirque in the Alto Maipo area. This is located at the foot of the andes Mountain range on the Eastern edge of the Maipo Valley, which is world famous for its perfect climate for red wines.

92 pts

Tim Atkin MW, Chile Special Report 2022

2020 -

94 pts

Descorchados 2022

2019 -

"Pirque, one of the highest areas in Alto Maipo, near the foot of the Andes, is the land of fruity and very elegant cabernet sauvignon with fine tannins. They are fruity reds, although they also share a characteristic menthol-eucalyptus aroma with other high-altitude parts of the Maipo. All that elegance is expressed here in a wine made in a warm year with grapes that were harvested very early to capture all that red fruit that would have been completely lost in a world of over-ripeness had they waited a few weeks longer. It seems to have been harvested at the right time to be able to enjoy all the refreshing fruit that Pirque offers. Winemaker Rafael Urrejola obtains the grapes for this cabernet from 30-year-old vineyards in the El Principal sector."

92 pts

James Suckling, May/2022

2019 -

"Notes of blackberries, blueberries, peppermint, bell peppers, bark and chocolate. Full-bodied with chewy tannins. Structured and fleshy with beautiful varietal character. Spicy, plush and flavorful finish. Drink or hold."

91 pts

Tim Atkin MW, Chile Special Report 2022

2019 -

90 pts

International Wine Challenge 2021

2019 -

"Rich ripe blackcurrants, complex, intense, toasty ripe tannins. Elegant finish - fresh and long."

 

Wine Spectator, Nov/2021

2019 -

"This dense red features tarry accents to the plum paste and baked dark cherry flavors. Peppery hints linger on the finish, which is filled with dried savory notes. Drink now through 2024."

96 pts

Descorchados 2021

2018 -

"Pirque, close to the foothills of the Andes Mountains, tends to produce fruit-driven wines seasoned with the typical notes of Alto Maipo cabernets such as menthol and earthy tones. In this case, herbal notes join those delicate aromas to peer out from behind a thick curtain of ripe red fruits before mingling all together in a body of tannins so silky and polished they seem to lay out a skating rink for the fruits to glide across. This is an HD photo of Pirque, an area that now produces some of South America's most character-filled Cabernet Sauvignons."

94 pts

Tim Atkin MW, Chile Special Report 2021

2018 -

"This is always among the best Terroir Hunter releases, sourced from a high-altitude Andean-influenced vineyard at 700 metres. Incense and fresh mint aromas are the gateway to a wine that is dense, structured, yet refreshing, with sweet vanilla oak, refreshing plum and black currant fruit and a frim, structured fininsh. 2022-28"

93 pts

Wine & Spirits, Jun/2021

2018 -

"The Rio Clarillo is a tributary of the Maipo that descends from the Andes south and east of Pirque. This vineyard, at an elevation of 2,250 feet, is planted on a terrace above the Clarillo where the gravelly soils mixed with sand and clay limit yields to 2.4 pounds per vine. This is bright, cool and crisp when first poured, but the structure needs a day of air to fully integrate. Then it begins to feel saturated in its fruit depth, bold in its Andean cabernet flavors and lasting in its refinement. Cellar it."

92 pts

James Suckling, Aug/2021

2018 -

"A pretty and balanced red with currant, chocolate and cedar character, as well as some mild chocolate. Medium-bodied with round, soft tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now or hold."

91 pts

Antonio Galloni's Vinous, Mar/2020

2018 -

"A deep purple Cabernet Sauvignon from Pirque, Maipo. The nose offers jammy black currants and plums, wood and a hint of vanilla. An attractive, indulgent wine with an accomplished structure and smooth flow, delivering creaminess enhanced by juicy tannins. This new wine will improve in the bottle."

91 pts

International Wine Challenge 2020

2018 -

"Intense, bright and breezy red and black fruit with a touch of spice. Will age well."

91 pts

Chris Waters, Globe & Mail, Mar/2022

2018 -

"Undurraga’s Terroir Hunter label focuses on the best grape varieties grown in Chile’s diverse winemaking regions, such as sauvignon blanc from Leyda or this classic Cabernet from the Maipo Valley. A dry, red wine with appealing intensity and concentration, this is nicely layered with dark fruit, spice and herbal notes. Decant for best enjoyment. Drink now-2028."

95 pts

Tim Atkin MW, Chile Special Report 2019

2017 -

94 pts

Descorchados 2020

2017 -

96 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2019

2016 -

"Poised and precise with beautiful dark fruit and chocolate on the nose, super silky tannins frame a savoury palate of elegantly spiced fruit."

91 pts

Robert Parker's the Wine Advocate, Oct/2018

2016 -

"As with the other wines, it was interesting to taste the 2016 T.H. Cabernet Sauvignon Alto Maipo next to another Cabernet bottling from a different region. This was produced with grapes from the classical zone for the grape, Pirque in Alto Maipo, which is a cooler location within the valley. 2016 was a wet El Niño year, and the end of the season was warm—even warmer than 2015. After a cold soak, the destemmed and crushed grapes fermented with indigenous yeasts, and the wine matured in French oak barrels (28% new) for 14 months. Selected from a 6.85-hectare plot, most of the grapes were picked before the rain, and the wine has good freshness and the Maipo character in an elegant, vertical style. The ripeness is more contained, a clear improvement over previous vintages of this bottling. 39,865 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2017."

95 pts

Descorchados 2018

2015 -

94 pts

Tim Atkin MW, Chile Special Report 2018

2015 -

93 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2018

2015 -

"Dark, brooding nose of coffee bean and milk chocolate. Voluptuous, spicy blackcurrant flavours lengthened by fine-grained tannins. Long and well-judged."

91 pts

Wine Enthusiast, Aug/2018

2015 -

"This wine's roasted, savory bouquet contains blackberry, cinnamon, olive, earth and oak aromas. It hails from Pirque, one of Chile's hotbeds for traditional Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is chewy and deep, with spicy black-fruit flavors and oak-derived notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Dark fruit and herbal touches flood the finish. Drink now–2023."

90 pts

International Wine Challenge 2018

2015 -

"Beautiful pure dark fruit has cassis cascading across the palate, combing well with balanced vanilla oak character." 

89 pts

Wine Spectator, Web Only 2018

2015 -

"There's a nice edge to this red, which features dried green herb notes and dried berry flavors. The taut finish offers flavors of crushed stone and spice. Drink now through 2021. 3,261 cases made."

96 pts

Tim Atkin MW, Chile Special Report 2017

2014 -

94 pts

Wine & Spirits Magazine, Feb/2017

2014 -

"Pirque is one of the highest spots in the Andean Maipo and the best wines grown there tend to be elegant, with delicate herbal notes to their fruit. This one is firm and austere, but give it time, and oxygen helps to draw out its sense of place. Minty aromas and earth tones give way to complex notes of black pepper, herbs and cassis. Great to decant now for game, this will gain in grace with some years in the bottle."

90 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2017

2014 -

"Intense spearmint and cassis nose. Classic and cool, elegant fruit with rounded tannins and a chunky fruit laden mid palate."

 

International Wine Challenge 2017

2014 -

Gold Medal "Intense black cassis fruit with lovely rich depth to the palate. Delicious savoury notes of black olive and a hint of spice with a long plush finish"

93 pts

James Suckling, May/2016

2014 -

"Loads of blackberry, black currant and dried flowers on the nose. Full body, velvety tannins, very pretty blueberry fruit and a mineral aftertaste. Drink now." 

94 pts

Wine & Spirits Magazine, Dec/2016

2013 -

Best Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon of 2016

90 pts

Wine Enthusiast, Jun/2016

2013 -

"Composed, lightly woody aromas of berry fruits, spice and herbs are harmonious and earthy. This spunky Cabernet reflects a cool vintage via pepper, tomato, herb and berry flavors. A layered yet snappy finish shows good length and complexity."