Suggested food matches:
Curried lamb kebabs
Grilled halloumi and roasted vegetables
Chilli con carne, or
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by Jo Pratt
Metic Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Colchagua Valley, Chile
Grape: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Metic wines are made with Luca Hodgkinson in Colchagua, at the helm. Luca consults for many wineries in Chile and has his own business sourcing grapes from sustainable and in many cases organic vineyards. He makes the wines with less manipulation than one would expect at this level. Metic was the term used in Ancient Greece for a foreigner living in Athens that contributed to the cultural and economic life but did not have the same rights as a true citizen. This wine was inspired by famous song ‘Le Métèque’ by Georges Moustaki and led Luca to call this wine Metic.
Colchagua Valley, in central Chile, is one of South America's most promising wine regions. It forms the south-western half of the larger Rapel Valley region; to the north and east of it lies the less famous but equally promising Cachapoal Valley. Some of Chile's finest red wines are made in the valley, mostly from Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Syrah. The Colchagua Valley boasts a textbook wine-growing climate: warm, but cooled by ocean breezes and dry, but refreshed by rivers and occasional rainfall. The region's desirable terroir, combined with persistent, focused marketing has made this one of Chile's most important wine regions.
Organic farming. Vineyard is 120 years old. Planted on ungrafted rootstocks. The density of plantation is ideal for Cabernet, 1.8 m * 1 m (5555 plants per Ha). Irrigation is by hand in the traditional flooding style, twice a year. Soil is gravely with a high content of clay.
Hand harvested. Grapes are destemmed.
Wild yeast fermentation in concrete vats. Skin maceration for 27 days in concrete tank. Due to this being a young wine released quickly, the wine was filtered gently. No fining, suitable for vegans. Limited use of sulphur.