In December, Concha y Toro introduced its Extraordinary 2018 Vintage. Red wines from this harvest are characterized by their unmatched quality and explosion of aromas. The excellent climate conditions in Chile produced exceptional quality grapes, making this vintage an extraordinary one.
But there is still much more to discover about this exceptional harvest. Here are five fun facts about the Extraordinary 2018 Vintage.
1- 365 OPTIMAL DAYS
A rainy winter season, with moderate temperatures and cool nights -providing the soil with a valuable water reserve-; a wonderful sunny and slightly cooler spring than normal, with no rain -allowing the vines to grow evenly, strong and to bloom in all of their splendor-; a summer with a wide range of temperatures to promote the development of healthy, delicate bunches, with an ideal concentration of fruitiness, color and aroma; and a fall season marked by moderate temperatures and cool nights to allow the grapes to mature slowly up to their optimal point. These were the ideal conditions that shaped the 2018 harvest and resulted in an Extraordinary Vinatge.
2- WINES FOR ALL TASTES
Discover the Extraordinary 2018 Vintage in the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Syrah varietals of Gran Reserva Serie Riberas, Casillero del Diablo, Marques de Casa Concha and Trio.
3- THE EXTRAORDINARY 2018 VINTAGE PUTS YOUR SKILLS TO THE TEST
How so? On the website www.challengeyoursensesnow.com, our Master of Senses, Massimo Leonori, invites you to participate in a challenge to identify different aromas associated with the wines from this exceptional harvest. Also, everyone who takes the challenge automatically participates in a weekly drawing to win extraordinary wines.
4- A TRUE MASTER OF SENSES
On September 16, 1972, Massimo Leonori, a peculiar man with a special talent, was born in a small Italian village. From a very early age in San Severino, Massimo was surrounded by a large diversity of stimuli and began to take an interest in wine and its delightful aromas until it developed into a true passion.
But love crossed his path, and it was a Chilean woman who encouraged him to try his luck on the other side of the world, moving to Chile where they would get married and have a daughter.
In November 2009, he joined Viña Concha y Toro. From that moment on, his passion exploded, and he spends day in and day out exploring his sensitivity and honing his perception, to minutely perfect his senses and become a truly exceptional man. An example to follow.
5- HAVE A SENSORY EXPERIENCE AT THE HAND OF THE EXTRAORDINARY 2018 VINTAGE
This month, the Pirque tourist center rolled out an innovative tour, the Challenge your Senses Experience, where you can learn more about its wine through the sense of smell. What does the experience consist of? The wine tasting challenges the participants’ senses, as they are given 8 cups with the aromas found in the wines of the Extraordinary 2018 Vintage and 3 black glasses with wines from this harvest. They must identify the aromas found in each of the wines served in their glasses, and those who correctly identify all aromas will take home a diploma and become Concha y Toro Masters of Senses.