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

Max Carmenère 2018

Aconcagua Valley
  • 75cl bottle

The 2018 vintage of our Max Carmenere displays a full and deep violet colour. On the nose, notes of black and red fruits, herbs and spiced character as roasted red bell pepper, rosemary and dill, all framed by soft notes of chocolate and roasted coffee beans. On the palate, appears notes of nuts, dark cherries and coffee. It shows good structure with elegant, fine grained tannins that give a silky texture on the palate.

Vineyards

The grapes for our Max Carmenere primarily come from our Max vineyards 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 conditions of nutrition and drainage of the diverse soils help control plant vigor, producing balanced fruit loads with small bunches and berries.

Vintage

The season began with considerable water reserves (49% above average records) due to the rainfall from May to October. Spring unfolded with normal temperatures, allowing a very balanced bud break. Flowering reached its peak as normally on November. December concluded with a heat summation 8% higher than average, nevertheless January the heat summation was 4.1 lower than historic with a significant number of cloudy days. February and March scored average temperatures, while April was slightly warmer, wrapping the season with a heat summation that was only 1% higher than average. All these idyllic climatic conditions allowed the season conclude with moderate temperatures, conferring a very balanced ripening and harvesting, as well as ideal sanitary conditions, while enabling complex flavours in the grapes, with a significant number of cloudy days. February and March scored average temperatures, while April was slightly warmer, wrapping the season with a heat summation that was only 1% higher than average. All these idyllic climatic conditions allowed the season conclude with moderate temperatures, conferring a very balanced ripening and harvesting, as well as ideal sanitary conditions, while enabling complex flavours in the grapes.

Winemaking

Grapes were handpicked, sorted, destemmed, crushed and placed in stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The grapes had a total maceration for 12 to 20 days. Afterwards, the wine was kept in French oak barrels, 25% of them new, and the rest of second and third use for malolactic fermentation and ageing for 12 months.

Enjoy with:

  • Grilled and Roasted Red Meats
  • Pizza/Pasta
  • Casseroles/Stews
  • Mild Creamy Cheeses
  • Mature Strong Cheeses
Turkey or pork meatballs with a spicy tomato salsa