Casa Real Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Rita’s icon wine, celebrates its 30 years of history.
Decanter, the recongnised English magazine, dedicated a full page to Casa Real 1989, naming it as “one of the best Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile”. The wine legend title is only awarded to the best wines in the world; Casa Real was the first Chilean wine to be recognised as such, placing Chile in the major league of international wines. Great French wines such as Château Petrus 1945, Château Margaux 1983, Château Lafite-Rothschild 1982, or Spanish as Vega Sicilia Unico 1941, have received the Wine Legend title, testimony of the place Santa Rita has reached with its Casa Real of the Maipo Alto Valley.
In addition, in 2017, Decanter also distinguished Casa Real Reserva Especial in its cover as a referent of icon wines in South America, for its trajectory, terroir and unique characteristics.
This is the first 100% Casa Real made by the winemaker Sebastián Labbé, who took over the technical direction of Santa Rita in January 2017. According to Labbé, the biggest change has not been the harvest date (which is has advanced as usual in a warm year), nor in the new barrel, which has been lowered by 20%. The main thing has been the extraction, much softer in this harvest, and that is felt in the firm, tense structure, of juicy notes of red fruits, but especially of tannins that slide along the palate like needles, fine and sharp. The wine has layers of flavors, the first are fruit, then come the herbal and, after them, the spices. An important change in style towards a more subtle side. This Casa Real is 100% cabernet sauvignon that comes from the Carnero Viejo vineyard, planted 50 years ago on the sandy soils of Alto Jahuel, in the Maipo Valley.