Luis Felipe Edwards - Dona Bernarda 2012
Luis Felipe Edwards - Dona Bernarda 2012 (89 tsomw points)
At the beginning of the 19th century, a London-born doctor settled in La Serena, the second oldest city in Chile. His grandson became the first member of the Edwards family to make wine and started a family tradition that is still being maintained today.
In 1976 a large estate in Puquillay was bought and so a new chapter started in the wine history of the family.Old vineyards were restored and replanted, new grape varieties were tried out, wineries were modernized and expanded, and in 1994 the first harvest took place, resulting in the first own wine Luis Felipe Edwards Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is on the market at the end of 1995.
Today, the vineyards and wineries are still 100 percent owned by the family, they export wines to more than 60 different countries and are one of the leading wine producers in Chile.
After that the bought several new vineyards and nowadays Luis Felipe Edwards is the fourth largest wine producer in Chile.
Their best wine is available in Holland for about € 24,-
Suggestion: Firts decanter.
Based on Cabernet Sauvignon, complemented with Syrah, Carmenere, Petit Verdot and other varietals all from high altitude vineyards.
My tasting notes:
This is enjoyable lady from Chile. Dona Bernarda was created in honour of Luis Felipe Edwards Sr.’s wife, Bernardita which is on the label of this heavy bottle (1.2 kg)
In the glass a dark ruby red color with crimson reflections.
On the nose intense aromas of blackberries, black currants and ripe cherries with well integrated notes of herbs, licorice and toasted oak.
On the palate dry, medium/full-bodied and well balanced. You taste flavours of black currants, cherries, laurel and notes of cacao and chocolate. The tannins are still awake with nice long aftertaste showing vanilla and dark fruits.