Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Carmenère 2018

Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Carmenère 2018 Photo
Region: Maule Valley
Origin: Chile

Tasting Notes

Colour: Bright greenish yellow. Aroma: Green apples, pineapple, grapefruit, freshly-mown grass and apricots. Flavour: Tropical fruits with touches of herbs. The Carmenere adds persistence and an unusual structure for a Sauvignon Blanc, in addition to notes of stone fruit.

Available Formats: 750ml

Varietal: 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Carmenère
Alcohol: 13%
Pack Size: 12/750ml
Residual Sugar: <4 g/L
Aging: Aged for 2 months on the lees
Vinification: Quick crushing and pressing to avoid oxidization. Choice of pressing according to levels of cloudiness and acidity in the juice. Low-temperature static decantation. Alcoholic fermentation at between 51.8o and 57.2°F, depending on the batch. Following fermentation, the wine is separated from the lees to retain its aromas and smooth, delicate flavour. A proportion of the Carmenere is pressed directly on arrival at reception, leaving behind all the juice which already has some colour and tannins, so that only aromas and flavours are contributed to the final blend, and the white-wine colour is retained.

Awards & Accolades

  • Vintage 2015 - 87; Wine Spectator

History of Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Carmenère 2018

The Sauvignon Blanc and Carmenère grapes come from ten and nine-year-old vines, respectively, from Oveja Negra’s La Esperanza, Campo Lindo, and El Huemul blocks located on its estate San Rafael vineyard in the Maule Valley (137 miles south of Santiago and 15 miles from the Andes Mountains range). Canopy management for both varieties optimized shade to protect the grapes from direct sunlight, maintaining a cooler microclimate that triggered greater aromatic intensity and a good natural acidity in the wines. This technique helps also to preserve the herbal character of Carmenére which is vinified as a white wine. Yield was between four and five tons per acre.

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