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Alexander Vik had a dream: to create the best wine in the World. To turn vision into reality, the research team took more than 4000 soil samples and investigated all the elements of terroir – they performed soil analyses, hydric flows, thermal amplitude, geographic orientation and the region’s unusual wind conditions. The vineyard’s location was selected only after two years of exhaustive scientific research, after they identified the ideal terroir from which to grow the finest grapes – the Millahue Valley of Chile. The next step was the mapping of the best plots for planting – first, for each plot the research team mapped the rootstocks, then the grape varieties, then the clones of each variety, after all, if you dream to make the best wine in the world, you can not leave anything to chance.
The wine we are going to review today is a living legend from Chile – VIK Millahue 2012 by Viña Vik. VIK is an exclusive wine – powerful yet elegant – a harmonious blend of cabernet sauvignon, carmenère, cabernet franc, merlot and syrah from the Millahue Valley of Chile. This blend is nothing less than a bottled art as it was designed by a synergy of nature and science: cabernet sauvignon (in fact a blend of three cabernet sauvignon clones from three different plots) gives the acidity, elegance and structure, but it needs body, carmenère is spicy and savory, but it has no acidity, cabernet franc has green tannins that fits amazingly well with the cabernet sauvignon’s ripe tannins, syrah has minerality and adds those elegant notes of violets, while merlot is for the wine’s first impression on the mouthfeel – round and appealing. But enough theory, on to the tasting!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Deep and noble garnet color with elegant crimson shades towards the rim of the glass.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with ripe blue and black fruits flavours: blackcurrant, black plum, black cherry, ripe blackberry, black mulberry, marionberry, black tea, mocha and vanilla. An instant later the nose is filled with elegant notes of black pepper, nutmeg, anise, tobacco, licorice, saffron and some very nuanced hints of violets and lavender.
The wine is extra-dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and fine tannin. It feels noble, elegant and velvety, with a quite extracted body and a very nuanced fruity-tannic accent. This is a complex, flamboyant and extremely appealing wine, which has a nuanced new-world profile with mesmerizing hints of violets and lavender. The wine has a very good overall balance and it feels seedy and refined, with fine tannic grip on the palate.
It has a lasting finish and a very elegant, velvety and ripe aftertaste.
This is definitely a brilliant Wine of Chile and the overall rating says the same, with 95.5 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.
Conclusion: this is a world-class holistic wine right on the summit of its prime form – a wine that is definitely ready to drink now or kept for long-term bottle aging – a wine that has the promise to become one of the best wines in the world. It’s an exceptional wine, one that delivers an engaging impact of ripe blue and black fruit and, with a little more time in the glass, a plethora of spice and mesmerizing savoury notes like violets and lavender that are so much sought after by the wine connoisseurs. VIK is a wine that is about as velvety as a world-class wine can get – flamboyant, extracted and enormously concentrated, mixing elegance with finesse. The wine has spent 26 months in new french oak barrels and it has already developed into a genuine, fully mature wine blend, that offers an explosion of black fruits and ripe tannins. In its current state, it can stand for another 3 to 4 years of bottle ageing without losing even the slightest bit of complexity. Drink now through 2025 and pair it with smooth textured meaty dishes like for example a blue rare tournedos rossini steak with black truffles and foie gras. Enjoy!
WineStatistics tasting results:
VIK | Millahue | 2012
overall rating: | 95.5 |
maturity: in its prime
conclusion: brilliant | simply epic
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