Most wine producers like to boast of a nicely aged product, but none can match the latest vintage to come from Chile’s Cachapoal Valley, which has a history that literally goes back billions of years.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is the creation of British astronomer and winemaker Ian Hutcheon, who has come up with a one-of-a-kind way to merge his two passions.
Called Meteorito, the wine is infused with a three inch meteorite that is thought to have come from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and crashed into the Atacama desert some 4.5 billion years ago.
“I’ve been involved in wines and astronomy for many, many years and I wanted to find some way of combining the two,” Hutcheon told The Drinks Business.
“The idea behind submerging it in wine was to give everybody the opportunity to touch something from space,” said Hutchinson. “When you drink this wine, you are drinking elements from the birth of the solar system.”
In 2009 Hutcheon bought the Tremonte Vineyard, located on a mountain that was formerly a gold mine, 60 miles (100 km) south-west of Chile’s capital city, Santiago.
The grapes were picked in April 2010, fermented for 25 days, and then underwent a year-long malolactic fermentation, an organic way to reduce acidity. It was at this stage that the meteorite was added to the mix.
Around 10,000 litres of the cosmic blend have been made, and Hutcheon claims the meteorite has given it a “livelier taste.”
Unfortunately, Meteorito is only available at the Centro Astronomico Tagua Tagua observatory, which Hutcheon founded in 2007, but the wine-loving star-gazer has plans to export the blend to the world.
In the meantime, Hutcheon will have plenty to keep himself occupied, with the Centro Astronomico Tagua Tagua set to host the International Astronomy Congress in 2013.