Santa Carolina winery presents rare vertical tasting

Drinks: Wines
Location: Chile

One of Chile’s oldest wineries, 142-year-old Santa Carolina, is set to present a one-off vertical heritage tasting next month.

A phoenix from the ashes, many of the wines to be tasted date back to the 1950s and were discovered in a secret cellar amidst the rubble of the devastating 2010 earthquake.

In the wake of the earthquake, old documents explaining vinification techniques used by Santa Carolina in the 1950-60s were found scattered amidst the rubble of the winery’s collapsed buildings, while a wine library of old bottles was also discovered in a formerly hidden compartment of the underground cellar.

Co-hosted by head winemaker, Andrés Caballero, and Chilean wine expert, Peter Richards MW, the event will feature a vertical tasting of vintages of Santa Carolina’s icon Cabernet Sauvignon: Luis Pereira. This will be followed by a presentation of the Bloque Herencia project, designed to rescue the DNA of pre-phylloxera old-vine material.

The Luis Pereira 2013 is made to Santa Carolina’s ‘wine recipe’ from the last century and uses fruit from 70-year-old Cabernet vines. ‘The Luis Pereira embodies the fusion between the past and the present,’ said winemaker Caballero on the new release. ‘With this latest release I have returned Santa Carolina’s historic icon wine to its original 1950s style but with new-found innovation and inspiration.’

The event for members of the wine trade will take place next week on the 5 September at Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social. To bag yourself a spot, contact Emma Roberts at [email protected].

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