♦ Tasting Note
This is a fresh and pretty red with blackberry and fresh-herb character. Medium to full body, very polished and round tannins and a long, delicious finish. The second wine of Vik. Drink or hold.
~ 92 Points, James Suckling, Apr 2019
The entry-level wine here is the 2016 Milla Cala, a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Carmenere, 11% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Syrah, percentages that change with the vintage. 2016 was a cold and rainy year that resulted in a wine with 13.8% alcohol. The grapes were harvested at night and had a five-day cold soak before fermenting with indigenous yeasts. Malolactic was in barrel, and the élevage lasted 20 months. I was surprised because the initial sensation was of a Syrah, and the wine only has a very small percentage of the grape; the smoky and meaty notes must come from other grapes, not from the Syrah. As the wine sat in the glass and got warmer, it turned spicier. It's juicy and has the oak nicely folded into the fruit. To me, it has the lightness and the expression of Cachapoal, in a style that's easy to drink and quite versatile for the table. 96,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2018.
~ 91 Points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, Feb 2020
...cool, elegant, crisp acidity to match the sweet and ripe, dark fruit character on the palate. A very successful marriage of savoury elements, good acidity and great purity of fruit. Complex and layered.
~ 93 Points, Andy Howard MW, Decanter, 2021