Bodegas y Viñedos Santa Emiliana Eco Balance Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Maipo Valley, Chile

So here I was, sitting down, ready to write another South African wine review in honour of the World Cup (3rd SA wine this week).  And then I heard that Chile earned their first World Cup victory in 48 years, bringing great joy and pride to Chileans everywhere.  The underdog always gets my vote, so instead of reaching for a SA wine, I picked up this brand new Chilean release.

In 1998, Bodegas y Viñedos Santa Emiliana, one of the best-known major Chilean wineries, contributed premium vineyards from the Casablanca, Maipo and Colchagua Valleys to an organic farming effort.  From this was born Emiliana Orgánico, a project that is unique in Chile and a pioneer in Latin America. Viñedos Emiliana also produces premium ranges Emiliana Gê and Coyam, commanding scores in the 90’s and prices quadrupling this bottle.

Their brand new range, Eco Balance, was farmed sustainably, with no pesticides or herbicides, packaged with eco-glass, labeled with ecologic paper and shipped in boxes of recycled material.  I’m getting where the name came from.  Eco Balance wines were “created for relaxed, everyday enjoyment.”  I translate that into pleasant, simple, widely appealing and uncomplicated – which is exactly what this is.  Plum, licorice and cherry popsicle on the nose lead to a medium body sip with fresh red fruit flavours, spice and soft tannins.  This Cab Sauv (with 15% Syrah) goes down easy – bring this Chilean for your red wine hating friend and you’ll score like Jean Beausejour.

If you need a vuvuzela break and would like to find out more about organic and biodynamic winemaking, play at the interactive vineyard on Emiliana’s website

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Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ...

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