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Oveja Negra Winemaker's Selection Sauvignon Blanc Carmenere 2015

Oveja Negra Winemaker's Selection Sauvignon Blanc Carmenere 2015
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Producer:  Oveja Negra
Grape Varieties:  85% Sauvignon Blanc & 15% Carmenere
Optimum Drinking:  Within 3 years
Wine Style:  Crisp fresh dry white
Alcohol by Volume:  13%
Closure:  Screwcap
Country:  Chile

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Oveja Negra Winemaker's Selection Sauvignon Blanc Carmenere 2015

This Sauvignon Blanc/Carmenère Reserva comes from the Maule Valley, 260 km (162 mi) south of Santiago. The valley features tremendous geographical diversity and a Mediterranean climate with well-defined seasons, including a warm, dry summer with a significant difference between daytime and night time temperatures and a cold, rainy winter. The average annual precipitation in the valley is 670-700 mm (26–28 in) and occurs primarily in the winter, which ultimately results in greater concentration in the wines. The lack of rain throughout the rest of the year encourages the control of plant vigour, keeps the grape berries small, and helps the bunches ripen uniformly.

The Sauvignon Blanc and Carmenère grapes come from 10-year-old vines in plots 16 and 15, respectively, of La Esperanza in San Rafael Estate. The vineyard is vertically positioned vines and planted at a density of 1.5 x 2.2 m. No canopy management was done on the Sauvignon Blanc, while leaves were pulled from both sides of the Carmenére on two separate occasions during the season. The first de-leafing took place during the last week of December to eliminate the leaves that receive the morning sun, and the second in late March to eliminate the ones that receive the afternoon sun. Both varieties have similar yields of 10-12 tons per hectare.

Climate: Sub-humid Mediterranean.

Soils: Fine-textured alluvial soils in low position and voluntary sterilization derived from conglomerates, breccias, and tuff. Most of the soils are loam to clay-loam in texture with moderate fertility. The vineyard elevation is 153 m (502 ft) above sea level.

Harvest Date: Sauvignon Blanc: February 18, Carmenère: March 23

Taste: Crisp, fresh, slightly leafy Sauvignon flavours with good length and a very clean finish. This is an unusual blend which in our opinion works really well

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