Rose, 2019. Maquis

Rose, 2019. Maquis

Item #: R1120R2IC
Vintage: 2019
Varietal: Rose
Vineyard/Appellation: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Color: Medium Pink
Nose: Floral, Cherry
Palate: Full
Finish: Lively
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2021/Fish, Fowl/12.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Vina Maquis quite literally has a noble past. In the 18th Century it was owned by the Jesuits, who followed their tradition of making sacramental wine. In the 19th Century it was the property of no less than two kings of Chile until it was sold to the Hurtado family in the 20th Century, who holds the keys today.

The original building was the first in Chile made of concrete and was designed by 23-year-old Ignacio Hurtado upon completion of engineering school. It stood for 75 years until the family decided it was time to construct a new winery.

The entire operation is a model for efficiency and sustainability. Every conceivable device is used to limit energy consumption and unnecessary waste. That fervor extends to their vineyards, from which all their wines originate.

Our selection is unique in the world of ros? wines in that it is made entirely from Malbec. It is the first ros? from Malbec we've tasted and it's a beauty. Who would have thought that one of the darkest, thickest skinned grapes in the world could make such lovely, refreshing elixir? Yet here it is.

The grapes are lightly crushed and given a few hours of skin contact to extract just a blush of color. Without much skin contact, only the lively fruit of the grape is left in the wine. Hints of watermelon and cranberry fill the air and supply lovely, fresh flavors to match chopped chicken salads or desserts with cheeses and fruits.