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Gran Reserva
Carmenere

Carménère is a french grape originally from Bordeaux. Nowadays however, Chile is the main grower and producer of this grape in the world.
We harvest the grapes during the first half of April, always seeking the balance between their most herbaceous compounds and their fruitier notes.
The grapes come from Almahue, in the commune of Peumo, which has been traditionally regarded for the quality of its Carménère.
We started developing this wine in 2017, and we are extremely proud of the results that we have obtained year after year.
The wine is fresh and with great structure, showing notes of berries, tobacco, vanilla and cedar.

Tasting Notes 2020

Gran Reserva Carmenére – 2020

Rapel Valley

Winemaker: 

Alberto Guolo.

 

Origin: 

Vineyard planted in the early 1990´s  in Almahue (Rapel), Chile.

 

Soil/Terroil: 

Alluvial loam soils with good drainage towards the Cachapoal river.

 

Climate and Vineyard Conditions:

Almahue is widely regarded for the quality of its Carmenéres, being a part of the well-known Peumo sub-apellation. Average yields are less than 8 tons per hectare/2.3 US tons per acre.

Warm days and cold nights during the season. Average temperatures in the summer reach 21.8ºC/71ºF and in winter, 10.8ºC/51ºF. The daily thermal oscillation in March is of 17ºC/63ºF. Average yearly rains are 315mm falling mostly between May and September.

 

Winemaking:

Upon arrival to the winery, the grapes were destemmed and pressed into stainless still tanks, while also inocculated with selected yeasts. After that they were co inoculated with selected lactic bacteria in order to finish malolactic fermentation. The wine was left to macerate for seven more days for added structure and longevity. After that it is uncovered and pressed, separating different pressed fractions according to quality. It then goes through a static decantation and put into barrels, of which 20% are new, and left to age for 10 months. The wine was finally assembled, siltered and bottled. Total production was 2,800 cases.

 

Analysis:

Alcohol: 14,2%

Total Acidity: 6,5 g/l 

Residual Sugar:  1,8 g/l

Volatile Acidity:        0,35 g/l

 

Tasting Notes:

Ripe and plummy, with notes of tobacco and spices. There is a lightness not quite common to Carmenére, thanks to a refreshing acidity. On palate it is broad, with enveloping tannins and a long and pleasant finish.

 

Service:

Ideally at 16-18ºC/61-64ºF. This wine is a favorite to pair with traditional Chilean cuisine, which includes onions, peppers and raisins. It goes very well too with soy-based preparations, including pork, duck or greens. Cheeses with a slight sweetness such as Gruyere or Chanco.

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Tasting Notes 2019

Plummy and ripe, with a hint of tobacco and spice. The mouthfeel is ample, with mouth-coating tannins and a long and pleasant finish.

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Awards

Tasting Notes 2018

Dark violet in colour, the wine starts with an aromatic explosion of blueberry, vanilla, tobacco, and loam. Smooth and open-knit on the palate, balancing velvety tannins and gentle acidity. Its plush texture, defined structure, and lingering notes of plums and dried herbs are typical of this variety.

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Testing Notes

Despite the warm season, this Carmenère has freshness and structure. Scents of black forest fruit and tobacco mingle with vanilla and cedary oak. Dense and concentrated, with gentle tannins and a chocolaty aftertaste.

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