This Carmenere is an expression of the terroir. The grapes were harvested in April with a complete level of maturity to show all their aromatic potential. The wine was aged in oak barrels and stainless steel tanks for 12 months.
About the Vineyard
The grapes come from Maule Valley, near the town of San Clemente, close to the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range. The vines are grown over clay soils of volcanic origin and some colluvial formations over a stony bed in decomposition. This Carmenere is product of a fine selection from the best plots of our first planted vines, which have now more than 25 years and are managed with an average yield of 7 tons/ha.
The grapes are handpicked and then taken to the cellar, where they are de-stemmed and put in stainless steel tanks for a prefermentative cold soak for 3 to 4 days. The fermentation is carried on between 25° and 26°C, with mild extractions, taking between 8 to 12 days to finish. Afterwards, the wine goes through a 1 or 2-week post fermentative maceration to gain in complexity and roundness. Once it has reached its optimum quality, it goes directly to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, ageing for 12 months.
Deep purple in color, this wine shows ripe aromas of blackberry, plum, fig and dates. On the palate, it has a rich and velvety mouthfeel and notes of voluptuous dark fruit--a wine of superb balance!
Pair with peppered steak, leg of lamb with mint sauce, or paella a la Valenciana.