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Producer: Oveja NegraGrape Varieties: 40% Syrah, 40% Carignan, 18% Carménère, and 2% Petit VerdotOptimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Full bodied rich red wineAlcohol by Volume: 14.4%Closure: CorkCountry: Chile
Our 2008 Oveja Negra Lost Barrel comes from the _nest plots of Syrah, Carignan, Carménère, and Petit Verdot in our San Rafael Vineyard in the Maule Valley. The region is geographically diverse and has a Mediterranean climate with well-de_ned seasons. Summers in San Rafael are warm and dry with temperatures that reach 33ºC (91ºF) and an average high temperature of 30.8ºC (87ºF) in Januar y. Summertime low temperatures do not drop below 8ºC (46ºF) with an average low of 12ºC (54ºF). The San Rafael sector presents a signi_cant oscillation of approximately 18ºC (32ºF) between daytime and nighttime temperatures, which encourages the bunches to ripen slowly and evenly. The absence of rain throughout the summer and early autumn also contributes to the healthy condition of the fruit. Winters in San Rafael are cold and rainy, with high temperatures that do not surpass 16ºC (61ºF), and lows that rarely drop below 3°C (37ºF).
The varieties that go into this blend come from the _nest carefully selected grapes from di_erent plots in our San R afael Vineyard. The 9– year-old Syrah comes from Plot Nº1, the 40– year-old Carignan from Plot Nº8, the 8-year-old Carménère from Plot Nº7, and the 8-year-old Petit Verdot from Plot Nº9. The Syrah, Carménère, and Petit Verdot are vertically positioned, while the traditional bush vine Carignan is head trained. Canopy management was de_ned according to the needs of the individual varieties. In the case of the Syrah and Petit Verdot, leaves were pulled from the shoots exposed to the morning sun during the _rst half of December. The Carménère received 2 delea_ngs during the season, one during the last week of Januar y on the shoots with morning exposure, and then again in mid- to late-March on the afternoon sun side. The Carignan canopy was left intact to protect the bunches from dehydration. Only two of the varieties underwent crop thinning. The Petit Verdot was adjusted to 1 bunch per shoot in mid-January and the Carignan was thinned once in mid-Januar y to leave 1 bunch per shoot, and the bunches’ shoulders were adjusted in mid-February. These varieties had an average yield of 6-7 tons per hectare.
Climate: Warm Mediterranean, with dry summers with big temperature oscillation and cold, rainy winters.Soils: Young alluvial soils in evolution, in low position and moderate fertility derived from conglomerates. Most of the soils are loam to clay-loam in texture.
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