Belonging to the Valley of Rapel, Colchagua Valley has 20,000 hectares of plantations. These grapes grow under a unique climate, made by the Andes winds together with the coastal breeze, helping varieties such as Carmenere and Cabernet Sauvignon to ripen well. The average age of the vertically-positioned vines is 13 years, and they yield an average of 8 tons per hectare. The Colchagua Valley stands out for its Mediterranean climate with four well-defined seasons. The summers are hot and dry, which encourages proper ripening without interruptions. The valley ends at the Pacific Ocean, which has a positive effect on the vineyards because it cools the valley during the hot season. The grapes were picked into 400-kg bins and transported to the cellar where they were deposited onto conveyor belts for a double selection process before and after destemming. Vinification began with a 4–5-day pre-fermentation maceration at 8ºC. Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks with 80% native and 20% commercial yeasts at 26º–27ºC with a pumpover program determined by enological criteria. Upon completion, the new wine remained on its skins for an addition 5 days of post-fermentation maceration. Malolactic fermentation took place naturally in stainless steel tanks and barrels, where the wine remained at controlled temperatures for 12 months. The wine was neither fined nor stabilized, and prior to bottling it was filtered through a 1-micron membrane. The wine was aged for 12 months, 40% in French oak barrels, 30% in American, and 30% in stainless steel tanks.
Black cherry red with intense fruity notes of blackcurrant and strawberries that give way to a light touch of black pepper, tobacco leaf and chocolate. The palate presents medium body and very smooth, lush tannins. This wine is very easy to drink and stands out for its great balance and fresh finish.
Ideal with grilled or roasted red and white meats, such as grilled skirt steak, roast pork with wine and spice reduction, and pepper-crusted steak. Best served at 16º–17ºC in a Bordeaux-style glass.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2019