Gran Reserva Carignan 2016

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This Carignan is the result of a long-term relation with a
producer from Melozal, aimed at maintaining the traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation. Therefore, we don’t interfere in the management of these very old 60 to 100 year-old vines, intending to transmit the terroir and the authenticity of this variety in each bottle.

About the Vineyard

Poor and shallow depth soils along with high temperatures and water stress confer high concentration and rich natural acidity, typical of the granitic quartz soils and significant temperature ranges. The diversity of the landscape in terms of topography and plantations is very important as it forms a supplement that gives complexity to the wine.

Wine Production

The grapes were harvested by hand on March 22 and then taken to the winery where they were destemmed and placed in opened stainless steel tanks for a cold maceration of 3 to 4 days.  The alcoholic fermentation took place between 23ºC and 25ºC during 8 to 12 days using soft extraction. Once completed, the wine underwent a post-fermentative maceration of one or two weeks. It was then placed directly in previously used French oak barrels and un-toasted casks (foudre) for aging, where it also made the malolactic fermentation.  

Tasting Notes

Of intense and deep red color, this wine displays outstanding aromas of red fruits, sour cherries and owers. Very refreshing, complex and well-structured on the palate, its rustic tannins have been tamed by the time spent in old barrels, bestowing a better evolution of the tannins.

Food Pairing

Pairs well with any type meat, especially lamb because the tannins cut through the fattiness without hiding the flavors of the food. Also a good match with strong cheeses.

Vineyard & Production Info
Production area/appellation:
D.O. Maule Valley
Vineyard name:
Cauquenes
Soil composition:
Granite
Training method:
Bush
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Carignan
Prefermentation technique:
Cold soak
Time on its skins:
6 days
Fermentation container:
Stainless Steel Tanks/ Oak Barrels
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
10 days
Fermentation temperature:
77 °F
Maceration technique:
Punchdown and Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
30 days
Malolactic fermentation:
Full
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
2-3 years
Type of oak:
French
Length of aging before bottling:
12 months
Length of bottle aging:
6 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
14.0 %
pH level:
3.3
Residual sugar:
3.4 g/L
Acidity:
6.6 g/L

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