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Francisco Baettig and Eduardo Chadwick touch red wine glasses in a toast to Errazuriz

Aconcagua Alto Carmenère 2016

Aconcagua Valley
  • 75cl bottle

Aromas of cigar box, black fruit, framed by notes of roasted coffee beans, pepper and leather. On the palate it is fresh and fruity with flavours of black cherries, roasted red pepper and sweet spice. This wine is an elegant and fine expression of this unique grape variety with very polished and velvety tannins. Good structure and silky texture, this wine has a wonderful focus on fruit flavours ensuring a long and persistent finish.

Vineyards

The grapes from the Aconcagua Alto Carmenère come from a selection of Max Vineyard blocks in the Aconcagua Valley. Located in the interior of the valley, the vineyard soils have a predominantly silty texture and are of colluvial origin. The special drainage and texture of the diverse soils help control plant vigour, producing balanced fruit with small bunches and berries.

Vintage

The challenging vintage of 2016 performed different scenarios through the season, with a cool spring and a warmer than average summer. A rainy and cool October was followed by pleasant spring days in Novmeber, promoting a healthy flowering and fruit set. At the beginning of the summer temperatures gradually increased, reaching higher than average January temperatures. February was warm, with sunny weather interspered with cool morning fog, prevailing through to the end of the growing season. All of these conditions delivered wines of outstanding vivacity and character.

Winemaking

Grapes are handpicked, double sorted and then crushed. The must was deposited into stainless steel tanks for fermentation at 24-28 degrees C with aerated pumpovers to help reactive tannins and set the colour. Then, the wine was racked directly to French oak barrels, 20% of which were new, where it underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for a total of 14 months.

Enjoy with:

  • Grilled and Roasted Red Meats
  • Pizza/Pasta
  • Casseroles/Stews
  • Mature Strong Cheeses
  • Spicy