Sabatico | Wildmakers
2017 Wine of Chile
Sabático is a timeless concept. It’s a wine made for your enjoyment, a fresh and fruity blend that realizes life is not black and white, rather a harmonious balance of reality. Translating to “sabbatical,” this wine bestows upon you that necessary moment of rest in order to keep on keeping on.
In fact, when Luca met José Miguel, he was on a sort of sabbatical, traveling a bit to figure out what to do next. Sabático came shortly after.
A Cariñena and Garnacha blend that is lively and complex, with aromas that evolve as it breathes. We often get whiffs of tobacco leaves, potpourri and jammy prunes ending with a hint of chocolate mint. The mouth shows great balance between thick, concentrated tannins and a soft, round body.
The winemaking process is straightforward: spontaneous fermentation with native yeast in a mix of concrete vats, clay amphorae and open barrels. No sulphur is added upon reception. Both varieties undergo regular punch-downs and a few light aerations. The Garnacha is pressed early in the last quarter of fermentation, while the Cariñena soaks with skin contact for around 40-50 days. The Garnacha is the nose and tension, Cariñena the body and length.
The wines then age in 600-liter French oak barrels for 18 months. At 8-12 years old, the barrels simply act as a live container in which the wines can build character.