Gran Hacienda Carmenere Reserva, Santa Rita
£15.99
Vintage: 2014
Country: Chile
Region: Rapel Valley
Grape : 100% Carmenère
Alcohol; 13.5%
Closure: Cork
Producer : Santa Rita was founded in 1880, a boom time for Chile, and was a driving force from the very start; the founder, Domingo Fernández, introduced not just French equipment and expertise but also electricity to the Alto Jahuel region, where the winery is still based. As Chile’s second largest owner of vineyards, Santa Rita can draw on a great diversity of terroir, where the various grape varieties are matched to the soil and climate of individual regions.
Vineyard: The Rapel Valley has an ideal climate for wine production as there are no spring frosts and the summers are very warm; rains are concentrated over the winter months. The soils have medium depth, moderate permeability and an even texture.
Winery : The crushed grapes underwent a 7-10 day cold soak prior to vinification with selected yeasts. Fermentation began at 28-30°C and was later lowered to 25°C. Constant pumpovers and variable fermentation times ensured effective, controlled tannin extraction. The wine was then aged for eight months in French oak barrels.
Taste : On the palate, this wine has a well-rounded texture and a lingering persistence. Both the nose and the palate are dominated by typical varietal aromas of black fruits, spices and a hint of dark chocolate.