Caliterra, a Chilean wine estate set up in 1996 as a venture between the Robert Mondavi family of California and Vina Errazuriz, has marked its twentieth anniversary with the release of a vintage its chief winemaker Rodrigo Zamorano describes as a "really Chilean Malbec."
"It's not tannic, it's more in the acidity, it's more in the freshness," Zamorano said in an interview during a visit to London this month. "We're not competing with Argentina. It's a different experience."
Caliterra extends over 1,085 hectares of Chile's Colchagua Valley, of which 288 are planted with vines. Its Caliterra Tributo Petreo 20th Anniversary Malbec is the fruit of two decades of experience and experimentation.
Zamorano has been with Caliterra since 2011, and previously trained in France, including Bordeaux. "I went all over France but I didn't go to Cahors," the home of Malbec, he said. "At that time no-one was talking about Malbec.
At a London dinner presenting Malbecs that have inspired him in recent years, he included Achaval Ferrer Finca Mirador 2013, Alto Las Hormigas Gualtallary 2013 and Zorzal Eggo 2012 from Mendoza and Chateau du Cedre Le Grand Cedre 2012 and Chateau Les Croisille Divin 2011 from Cahors.