Region Rapel Valley, Chile.
Grape 89% Cabernet Sauvignon; 6% Carmenère; 2% Cabernet Franc; 2% Syrah and 1% of Petit Verdot
Color: Intense purple color.
Nose: Expresive nose full of fresh red fruit along with tobacco, cedar and tea leaf towards the finish.
Palate: Fresh attack and a medium body. Finishing with very juicy tannins.
Service and Food Pairing: Serve from 16° C (60° F) to 18° C (64° F). The ideal companion for pastas, pork and grilled red meat.
The fall – winter 2009, with the exception of June, was much drier and cooler than usual with about 30% less rainfall in our vineyards. September was also cold, so bud break happened a bit later than last season.
The spring showed normal amounts of rainfall but with very low temperatures. These cold conditions disturbed the pollination and naturally lowered the yields. Fortunately, during second half of December the normal sunny conditions returned. At that point the plants had from 8 to 10 days of delay in their development.
Summer brought us cool nights preserving grapes freshness and inducing the concentration of aromas. Summer also brought the 5th biggest world earthquake ever recorded, so the few days of delay of the crop were a blessing in order to organize the winery and get ready to crush the grapes.
All the grapes were harvested by hand in small cases of 14 kilos and carefully transported to the winery. We obtained clean and pure fruit with strict quality control thanks to the state of the art technology our new optical berries selection. Then all the grapes were gently macerated with a very delicate extraction, obtaining elegant structure, beautiful aromas and impressive color. Fermentation lasted about 2 weeks in stainless steel tanks, utilizing native yeast. After maceration just 34% of the wine was aged in 225 lt. French oak barrels; 45% second use and 55% third use.