Where roots run deepAccess the wines of this producer
Altaïr and Sideral are the end result of a project that kicked off in 2001. The idea was to use Bordeaux winemaking techniques in Chile’s Cachapoal Valley to ultimately produce the very best the country could offer by extracting the true essence of the land that lies at the foot of the Andes.
The labels of these boutique wines feature stars and stardust... and it’s no coincidence, either. Altaïr is the brightest star in the Aquila constellation and the only one visible from the Southern Hemisphere. It’s come to symbolize a wine that stands out from the rest.
The growers chose Cachapoal Valley for its altitude. Located at 600 metres above sea level, it is home to temperatures that vary dramatically between day and night—perfect conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil is comprised of rock fragments, round stones, clay and sand, all of which are also conducive to producing wines with exuberant, fruity notes and exemplary minerality.
Cabernet Sauvignon dominates, but it is complemented by Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in blends that are continually refined from one year to the next. Much like French Grand Crus, Altaïr is simply not made at all in bad years. Since the vineyard is at altitude, grapes are slower to ripen, which allows tannins to develop. The resulting wines are complex, concentrated and elegantly outfitted with opaque red robes featuring violet hues. Intense notes of red and black fruit are enhanced with scents of spice, cedar and truffles. This wine pairs perfectly with fatty lamb meat.
As Altaïr’s younger brother, Sideral is a bold blend of five varieties, including Carmenere, which is named after the carmine colour of its fruit. This grape was fine-tuned to today’s tastes in Chile and is responsible for the chocolatey notes present in Sideral. A surprising personality—elegant enough for fine dinners and casual enough for friendly gatherings—awaits in every bottle.