Santa Rita 120 Merlot is a densely opaque purplish-ruby red color with an inky core going out into a deep crimson rim definition with medium-high viscosity. On the nose: It is brimming with redolent black and red berry fruit with an underlying base of currants, pepper and spice, gently laced with hints of vanilla from oak barrels, violets and fruit-driven minerals. On the palate: It is a rich, almost chewy mouthful of wine, and the concentration of black fruit is showing signs of a fairly complex range of tastes with bramble, black plum skins, black currants and spices dominating, but also with melted licorice, smoked almonds and toast. The middle palate is solid with black fruit and smoke dominating, perhaps just a touch of stalky phenolics, but then a wonderfully soft tannin structure. It leads into a great finish that lasts 20-plus seconds with lots of smoke and solid fruit characteristics on the end. This wine is a full-bodied Chilean merlot that is not afraid to come out and play.
Grado Alc. pH Ac. T. Az.
13,40 3,67 4,84 1,99
Ideal with informal home-made food, soft cheeses, pastas or simply to enjoy on its own
Heritage and enterprise are hallmarks of Santa Rita, one of Chile’s premier wine estates. Founded in 1880 in Chile’s Maipo Valley, this historic property was among the first to pioneer plantings of European grape varieties in Chile. In 1980, it was acquired by its present owner, Gruppo Claro, under whom Santa Rita has reaped the rewards of continuous investment, resulting in a period of impressive growth, during which the winery has consolidated its position in the vanguard of Chile’s most successful and innovative estates.
Initiatives include the highly successful launch of Santa Rita’s 120 Series and Reserve wines and a range of ultra-premium wines, notably the highly acclaimed Casa Real, Triple C, the Floresta range and most recently, Pehuen. Wide-ranging enhancements include the purchase of choice new vineyards, plantings with top quality clones, improved trellising and irrigation, balanced viticulture, restricted yields, later harvesting, individual block farming, small-lot vinification, and an increased emphasis on sustainable agriculture.
The Santa Rita property accounts for outstanding vineyards in Chile’s most important appellations -- the Maipo Valley; Apalta; Casablanca; Rapel; Leyda and Curico -- enabling access to diverse climates and terrain. Visitors to Santa Rita can look forward to accommodation at the estate’s luxury hotel, the Casa Real, with its breathtaking 100-acre gardens, its magnificent museum housing a breathtaking collection of pre-Columbian artifacts, or enjoy dinner at the property’s landmark restaurant, the Dona Paula.