Manuel Humberto Moraga Gutiérrez is the 7th generation owner of the vineyards that make up Cacique Maravilla. He was born in Yumbel, in the Bio Bio Valley and has cultivated a lifelong relationship with the land and the farm. The history of the estate goes back to the Conquistadors, when Francisco Gutiérrez Gutiérrez came in search of gold and began making wine. Manuel continues to make wine the same as his ancestors. He says that “winemaking is the most important activity for me and it’s a natural way of production that I have observed forever”.
Manuel organically farms all of his grapes without any irrigation in order to bring out the essence of the volcanic soils they grow in.
The soils where his Cabernet Sauvignon are planted are wavy volcanic soils, which strongly influences the complexity of this wine. Farming and winemaking are natural by conviction. The traditions go back to early Spanish settlers and are as old as Chile as a nation. The vineyards are dry farmed for a more natural expression of the volcanic soils. The farm work is done organically, and consists of pruning, tilling and gentle applications of sulfur only when necessary. Manuel had always worked with his father, but took over production in 2009, and now manages the whole estate. He uses natural yeasts, natural clarification by gravity, and the wines are bottled unfiltered. Only 650 case production.
This delicious Chilean Cabernet is very smooth, balanced and pure in nature. Red and black fruits mingle beautifully with volcanic rock flavors, which come from the extremely deep volcanic soils where Manuel planted his Cabernet vines in 1999. We just love the fact that this is also unoaked, low alcohol 12.5%, and perfectly natural. It does not possess the toasty, vanilla or cedar flavors that most Cabs have, which would cover up the purity of the fruit itself. This wine is delightful. Serve with white and red meats, cheeses, charcuterie, empanadas or short ribs. If you bring this charmer to a summer BBQ, put a little chill on it before you head over to the party… that’s what they would do in Chile!