2008 Laura Hartwig Gran Reserva Colchagua Valley
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2008 Gran Reserva is more refined on the nose compared to the 2007. A blend of 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Carmenere, 28% Syrah and 3% Petit Verdot aged in French oak over twenty months, it offers blueberry and creme de cassis on the nose with hints of underbrush and mint developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy, grippier tannins than the 2007. It demonstrates good weight with fine focus, although the tightly coiled, pinched finish suggests that it needs 24 months in bottle. Drink 2014-2021. (NM)
Laura Hartwig is a new discovery for us, and if her 2010 value releases are any indication, certainly a winery to watch in the coming years. Consisting of 80 hectares in the Colchagua Valley, Laura Hartwig works biodynamically to cultivate her grapes. The Gran Reserva is the richest wine, composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Syrah and Petite Verdot. With its slightly more brambly, heady fruit on display, the wine is ambitious (not universally a good thing for wine!) and this bottling is triumphantly well-made.