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Producer: Oveja NegraGrape Varieties: Malbec 75%, Petit Verdot 25%Optimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Concentrated fruity redAlcohol by Volume: 13.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: Chile
Notes of chocolate mint and juicy blackberries with a spicy and herbal flavour, soft and appealing.
Via's definition of Black Sheep is someone special and out of the ordinary who attracts attention and stands out from the crowd. Winemaker Carlos Gatica seeks to combine sustainable viticultural practices with innovative winemaking, to produce fruit-driven wines of real character. "Sustainability, expression of terroir, and quality are key. The aim is to deliver wines with superior quality, at fair prices, made in harmony with nature". These are individual wines for individual people.
The 2017 vintage saw temperate, dry conditions during the winter months of August and September. This resulted in early bud break, which caused poor shoot induction and ultimately lower yields. The summer was very warm and sunny, which encouraged healthy flowering and fruit set. Although the yields were lower than usual, the grapes were of very high quality and resulted in wines with excellent ripeness, tremendous depth, concentration, and balance along with very good alcohol levels. This vintage will also be remembered for the many forest fires that affected a large part of the country. Fortunately for Oveja Negra their agricultural and oenological teams acted quickly and wisely to mitigate possible damage in the vineyards and to ensure the maximum success for the harvest.
The Mediterranean climate in the vineyard is greatly influenced by a cold wind that originates from the Cordillera de los Andes during the night. This breeze helps to extend the daily thermal oscillation whilst also reducing the maximum temperature, enabling the fruit to ripen slowly and enhancing the grape quality. A vertical trellis conduction system gives the right amount of exposure of indirect light which is required for the Malbec and Petit Verdot clusters. Pruning is carried out in two buds spurs, which encourages homogenous bud breaking. The vineyard's soils are of medium depth, clay loam both at the surface and deeper levels, with low organicmatter content. The rolling hills of sedimentary soil are of ancient volcanic origin.
The grapes were hand-picked and destemmed, but not crushed to prevent excess berry breakage and minimise astringency. The Malbec and Petit Verdot underwent a four day pre-fermentation cold soak at 10°C. Alcoholic fermentation lasted 15 to 22 days at temperatures of 22° to 26°C, with three pump-overs per day according to the density and oenological tastings. The total maceration time was 20 to 30 days. 70% of the final blend was aged in new and old French and American oak barrels for 3 months. The wine was cold stabilised naturally over the winter and filtered prior to bottling.
The 2017 vintage delivered a Malbec-Petit Verdot with a tremendously concentrated bright cherry-red colour. Aromas of wild seasonal fruits combine with elegant and delicate notes of blackcurrant. Excellent structure on the palate from tannins that provide backbone and elegance, leading into a long, persistent finish.
Roasted or braised meats; or pasta dishes with rich sauces.
Malbec 75%, Petit Verdot 25%
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