Vina Koyle Cabernet Sauvignon Wine is Wine Spectator 90 Point Chilean Wine
The May 2021 issue of Wine Spectator rates the 2018 Koyle Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon a 90 Point Chilean Wine as well as a Top Value. This outstanding wine has consistently received 90+ ratings over the past several vintages, from reviewers including Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, James Suckling and Tim Atkin. The accolades are as consistent as the wines from this spectacular Demeter Certified Biodynamic winery on the rocky slopes of Los Lingues, Alto Colchagua, Chile.
2018 Koyle Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
90 Points, Top Values
Ripe and powerful, offering a mix of brooding dark fruit and Asian spice flavors that show plenty of mocha notes, followed by hints of dark chocolate on the finish, with savory accents. Drink now through 2024.-Kim Marcus
Viña Koyle was born from the tradition that the family Undurraga carry in their blood; a family dedicated to winemaking for more than 6 generations, started by Francisco Undurraga Vicuña in 1885.
In 2006, Alfonso Undurraga Mackenna bought the Los Lingues estate and immediately began with his son, Cristobal, to plant the mountains with red grape varieties, starting the story of Koyle Family Vineyards. The name Koyle comes from the beautiful Koyle flower found on the grounds of the vineyards.
The Philosophy of the Vina Koyle Vineyard
“We are dedicated to making wines with identity,” says winemaker and owner Cristobal Undurraga. “To be able to do this, we based our philosophy on respecting origin guided by organic & biodynamic practices. This means that no type of chemical fertilizers are used, and we take care of our vineyard as if it were a living organism, using only what the terroir gives us,” says Undurraga.
“From the beginning when our family first started Koyle, our primary goal was established: To link the land, its people and its habits to the wines we share with our customers. The philosophy behind the quality is based in the unique expression coming from the rocks we found in the vineyards at the foot of the Andes mountains. We proudly cultivate our vineyards with respect to all who work the land, creating indelible wines that bring happiness and reflect the beauty and complexity of the Colchagua Valley region.”
The Quality Wines of Vina Koyle
Los Lingues has a Mediterranean microclimate on the Andean foothills. Koyle vineyards are influenced by the constant and fresh breezes that come down from the mountains and well-drained soils have a clay texture with volcanic rocks and colluvial stones that deliver unique minerals giving the right balance to the vines. Both are key factors of optimal terroir for the production of high-quality red wines.
All Koyle estate-grown grapes are harvested by hand and vinified with a low-intervention philosophy to preserve their natural expression, freshness and finesse. They are “wild fermented” with indigenous yeast, then aged in French oak for 14-18 months and bottled at the ideal moment.
The wines are characterized by good structure, elegance, freshness and balance. They are concentrated wines with good acidity, that show their own notes of the distinct terroir of their origin.
Sustainable Initiatives Flow Throughout Vina Koyle
The winery achieved Demeter Certified Biodynamic status in “At Koyle we have a total of 100 solar panels, which were added to our vineyard in Los Lingues in the year 2015, meaning we have been using these practices for 7 years,” says Undurraga. “With these additions to our winery, we save around of 30% of our energy consumption. As a project, we have a plan to build our own 100% self-sustainable winery in the future.”