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Producer: CarmenGrape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 94%, Carmenére 3%, Petit Verdot 3%Optimum Drinking: Within 6 yearsWine Style: Rich full bodied redAlcohol by Volume: 14%Closure: CorkCountry: Chile
A rich, full bodied red with soft ripe blackcurrant fruit and a smooth finish.
Pioneering, energetic, cosmopolitan, elegant, innovative and contemporary, Vina Carmen was the first producer in Chile to specialize in organic grapes. They were responsible for identifying Carmenere, which had previously been thought of as Merlot. They were among the first to produce to acclaim premium Chilean wines. From the winery in the Maipo Valley, and using primary fruit from that area, as well as carefully sited vineyards in Colchagua, Casablanca and Leyda, Carmen have produced a series of fruit-driven wines, stylish both in taste and look, which are stunning in their intensity and purity of their aromas.
8-12% clay, with stony alluvial base.
The grapes were handpicked from the small Carneros 288 block, planted in 1957 on the internationally renowned alluvial terraces of Alto Maipo, Chile.
Before fermentation the grapes are cold macerated for 12 days at 4ºC, to ensure maximum retention of primary fruit aromas and to maximize colour extraction. Alcoholic fermentation was carried out in stainless steel tanks at 28º - 29º C. The total maceration period was of 45 days. The total blend was aged in French oak barrels for a period of 10 months, malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in barrels. After bottling, the wine was aged for an additional 2 months prior to its release.
Cabernet Sauvignon 94%, Carmenére 3%, Petit Verdot 3%
This is the perfect wine to enjoy with full-flavoured red meats such as lamb, ribs and beef with spicy sauces. It also goes well with wild fowl, venison, kidneys, goose and ripe cheeses.
Interntional Wine Challenge, Bronze, 2015;
James Suckling, 88 Points, 2015
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