Viña Perez Cruz

A fam­ily of no­ble red wines, al­ready a ris­ing star in Chile

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It seems in­cred­i­ble that the first wines were made less than twenty years ago, but the Pérez Cruz in­volve­ment with their now fa­mous bou­tique win­ery ac­tu­ally be­gan in 1963 when Pablo Pérez ac­quired the Liguai Es­tate in Chile’s Maipo An­des Val­ley. In 1994 his wife, Mar­i­ana Cruz, and their eleven sons and daugh­ters em­barked on a project to cre­ate their own win­ery, Viña Pérez Cruz, on the prop­erty. They planted the first vines in 1994, built the cel­lar in 2001, and made their first Pérez Cruz wine in 2002.

The site the fam­ily chose for their es­tate is lo­cated 28 miles south­east of Santiago in the An­dean foothills of the Maipo Val­ley at an al­ti­tude of just over 500 me­tres in an area that is world renowned for the qual­ity and con­sis­tency of its wines.

The win­ery pro­duces 100% es­tate-bot­tled pre­mium red wines that re­flect the iden­tity and ter­roir of the Maipo An­des with 581 acres planted to red va­ri­eties. This gives the com­pany to­tal con­trol of the out­stand­ing fruit that ar­rives fully and evenly ripe, which French-trained chief wine­maker, Ger­man Lyon, han­dles with scrupu­lous care and ex­ac­ti­tude.

The Pérez Cruz win­ery was de­signed to re­flect great har­mony with its sur­round­ings. Its ex­te­rior arches evoke the wind in the trees, while its two cen­tral naves made of wood sim­u­late bar­rels. The sus­tain­able cel­lar is built on three lev­els for grav­ity flow work. The grapes drop gen­tly from the up­per level into fer­men­ta­tion tanks be­low, and the new wines then go to the un­der­ground bar­rel cel­lar. This is the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of tra­di­tion and tech­nol­ogy since the multi-level grav­i­tyfed win­ery is de­signed to as­sist the vini­fi­ca­tion process with as lit­tle stress as pos­si­ble to fruit or must.

Draw­ing on tra­di­tion as well as new tech­nolo­gies and pas­sion, the Pérez Cruz fam­ily pro­duces unique wines with strong per­son­al­i­ties. All of the grapes come from the same place, which en­ables them to main­tain the qual­ity and con­sis­tency Pérez Cruz is known for.

Caber­net Sauvi­gnon spe­cial­ists

The Pérez Cruz vine­yards are in an area fa­mous for its Caber­net Sauvi­gnon, and it is no ac­ci­dent then that this is the grape that is the Pérez Cruz house spe­cial­ity.

In fact, Caber­net Sauvi­gnon ac­counts for no less than 64% of the win­ery’s pro­duc­tion, drawn from a to­tal of 371 acres of com­pany-owned vine­yards. If Caber­net Sauvi­gnon is Chile’s most widely-planted va­ri­ety, it is Pérez Cruz that plays an es­sen­tial role in mak­ing it the lead­ing va­ri­ety in the Maipo An­des and the Maipo Val­ley as a whole.

To­day, Pérez Cruz has a port­fo­lio of 10 wines, and Caber­net Sauvi­gnon plays an im­por­tant role in three of its lines: Reserva, Lim­ited Edi­tion, and Pir­cas de Liguai Sin­gle Col­lec­tion.

At­ten­tion to de­tail has meant that the Pérez Cruz Reserva Caber­net Sauvi­gnon, the win­ery’s most pop­u­lar wine, has earned ex­cel­lent scores for dif­fer­ent vin­tages over the years, cul­mi­nat­ing in 95 points this year from De­can­ter for the 2015 vin­tage of the Reserva Caber­net Sauvi­gnon.

Other va­ri­etals: Cot, Caber­net Franc, Syrah and Carmenere in the Lim­ited Edi­tion range of wines pro­vide the com­pany’s sec­ond tier range.

From its be­gin­nings, Viña Pérez Cruz has ex­ported nearly 80% of its pro­duc­tion, and its most im­por­tant mar­kets have al­ways been Canada, Brazil, and the UK, where the sup­port of Hall­gar­ten Druitt and Vir­gin Wines has helped it reach sig­nif­i­cant par­tic­i­pa­tion in the mar­ket. In fact, it was there that our 2002 Lim­ited Edi­tion Syrah re­ceived the im­por­tant James Rogers Tro­phy, which is granted an­nu­ally to the best new wine in its first year of pro­duc­tion in the pres­ti­gious In­ter­na­tional Wine Chal­lenge in 2003. This great hon­our was the first of many awards re­ceived year af­ter year in the world’s ma­jor wine com­pe­ti­tions.

Phi­los­o­phy

The Pérez Cruz fam­ily’s cen­tral drive is to ex­press their es­tate’s per­son­al­ity through wines with char­ac­ter. “We are an agri­cul­tural and wine-pro­duc­ing ex­port com­pany. We base our busi­ness on pro­duc­ing high qual­ity wines in ac­cor­dance with the re­quire­ments and stan­dards of the world’s fine-wine con­sumer mar­kets, us­ing in­te­grated man­age­ment pro­cesses, and highly qual­i­fied per­son­nel.”

Re­sults, such as the 95 points from De­can­ter for the 2015 Reserva Caber­net Sauvi­gnon mean the Pérez Cruz com­pany must be on the right track.

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