Overall, the weather in 2018 was exceptional, bringing the grapes to optimum maturity while retaining their freshness.
The harvest was early, starting on 23 February with the Villavicencio white grapes and ending on 10 May with the Carmenere grapes. At the Maipo winery, grapes came in from 26 March to 17 May.In keeping with the average, grapes were picked 10 to 15 days later than for the 2017 vintage. The decisive factor was a period of relatively low temperatures during the end of the ripening process, from December to February. The grapes ripened more slowly as a result, allowing them to preserve an aromatic freshness sometimes difficult to attain in Chile. This was followed by excellent weather which brought the grapes to optimum phenolic maturity and heralded the start of the harvest. At this stage 2018 is a very promising vintage, combining good concentration and powerful, expressive fruit.
The power of New World wines combined with the refinement of Old World wines!
The wine is matured in one-year-old oak barrels for six to eight months before bottling.
This wine is made entirely from the same grape variety even though the requirement under Chilean law is only 75%. Carmenere gives rich and slightly tannic wines with red fruit and liquorice flavours. Smooth and creamy, Carmenere wines soon reach their peak.
Black fruits - Pepper - Fresh - Powerful
Carmine red with a purple tint.
Powerful and complex with intense, forward fruit, the nose opens on black plum and blackberry aromas mingled with notes of spice.
The wine has a very good attack, good substance and balanced concentration and acidity, with very round, silky and fine tannins offering a velvety mouthfeel.
The mid-palate reveals intense black fruit and blackberry flavours together with attractive black pepper and mocha notes, building to a long, powerful and complex finish typical of Colchagua Valley Carmenere.