Oh, for the Southern Hemisphere!

Why wait? Grapes, and apparently good ones, can be had now in the spring as well as the fall.

This past Saturday, I went over to Rob Hamilton’s house for an afternoon tasting event that quickly became an evening tasting event. Rob runs MD Crush from his home in Mt. Airy, Maryland, and has brokered some outstanding grapes for me in the past. He’s been providing Chilean grapes each spring to his customers for the past year or two and, based on the wines I tasted Saturday, made by other customers using those grapes, I had to say “Count me in!”.

Chile Map 2Chile Map 1The southern hemisphere grapes and juices that Rob has access to are primarily from the Curicó Valley located in the middle of Chile’s Central Valley wine country. The Curicó has a mild Mediterranean climate: relatively hot dry summers and cool humid winters — and with its microclimates it’s perfect for both red and white vinifera grapes. So what to do, what to do…

OK, here’s what I did: I ordered 5 cases of Cabernet Sauvignon, 1 case of Malbec, and 1 case of Carmenere — each at 18lbs/case. That’s 126 lbs of grapes and, hopefully, somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 gallons of finished wine.

Call it my attempt at a field blend. I don’t have the room or time to make a reasonable quantity of 3 different wines but I want to see, touch, smell and taste the other grapes to expand my knowledge a bit. They’ll blend well together and perhaps I’ll get a slightly more complex wine than I would have had I just stuck with the tried ‘n’ true Cabernet…

The grapes should arrive some time in April.  Stay tuned!

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1 Response to Oh, for the Southern Hemisphere!

  1. MDCrush says:

    Hey!

    Rob from MDCrush here! Just wanted to highlight the South American grapes a bit…

    I’ve been selling fruit sourced out of Curico Valley in Chile for over three vintages now, and also more recently Argentinean fruit from the Mendoza region.

    These grapes are turning out to represent some of the best quality I’ve seen in the amateur winemaking industry. I’ve been making wine for over 16 years and have been operating MDCrush for over 6 years.

    The South American fruit is clean with no disease, rot, or mold to speak of… Brix levels tend to range between 23.5 and 25. pH levels are excellent in the low 3.x’s with well balanced acidity.

    The grapes are thoughtfully packaged in 18 lbs lugs so as not to press themselves during their long trip to the US.

    As mentioned in the article, all the wines I’ve tasted from MDCrush customers have been excellent. Some are even scoring medals in AWS judged events.

    The 2007 vintage is due in shortly!

    -Rob

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