Pehuén Carménère
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Carménère
Pehuén Carménère
Valley: Apalta
Vintage

Winemaker's comments

This superb wine is intense and deep carmine red color. Its complex bouquet that elegantly combines the fresh black fruit and the spice notes typical of the variety with the character given by the oak. Concentrated on the palate with a freshness developed from the acidity and the character of the variety. Good structure and depth, this is a flavorful and persistent wine with good aging potential.

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Vinification

Harvested by the end of March and beginning of April, the grapes are destemmed, partially crushed, and underwent a 5-day cold soak prior to fermentation. Ten percent of the harvest was whole cluster fermented. The must was then inoculated with selected yeasts and fermented at 28-30ºC (82ºF). Frequent pumpovers during two-thirds of the fermentation process are then reduced to half in order to extract all of the potential from the skins without adding aggressive notes to the final wine. A 25-day post-fermentation maceration lends the sweetness and roundness that characterize the wine.

Technicals details

  • pH: 3,36
  • Total Acidity: 5,93 g/l (Expressed in Tartaric acid)
  • Alcohol: 14,5
  • Residual sugar: 3,07 g/l

Winemaker's comments

This superb wine is intense and deep with a rich carmine red color. Its complex bouquet that elegantly combines the fresh black fruit and the spice notes typical of the variety with the character given by the oak. It is powerful and concentrated without losing elegance or depth, resulting in a flavorful, persistent wine with great aging potential.

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Vinification

Harvested in the second half of April, the grapes are destemmed, partially crushed, and underwent a 5-day cold soak prior to fermentation. The must was then inoculated with selected yeasts and fermented at 28ºC (82ºF). All of the potential of the skins was extracted through frequent pumpovers during the first two-thirds of the process and then reduced by half. A 20-day post-fermentation maceration lent sweetness and a well-rounded character to the wine. Malolactic fermentation took place in 100% French oak barrels to ensure complete structure and color set. The wine remained in the barrels for 18 months

Technicals details

pH: 3,6; Total Acidity: 6,08 g/l (Expressed in Tartaric acid); Alcohol: 14; Residual sugar: 3,15 g/l

Winemaker's comments

This superb wine is intense and deep with a rich carmine red color. Its complex bouquet elegantly combines the fresh black fruit and the spice notes, typical of the variety with the character given by the oak. It is powerful and concentrated without losing elegance or depth, resulting in a flavorful, persistent wine with great aging potential.

See details winemaker

Vinification

Harvested in the second half of April, the grapes are destemmed, partially crushed, and underwent a 5 day cold soak prior to fermentation. The must was then inoculated with selected yeasts and fermented at 28ºC (82 ºF). All of the potential of the skins was extracted through frequent pump overs during the first two-thirds of the process and then reduced by half. A 20 day post-fermentation maceration lent sweetness and a well-rounded character to the wine.

Technicals details

pH: 3.6;  Acidity: 5.65 g/L. (Tartaric acid); Alcohol: 14.7;  Residual sugar: 2.40 g/L.
Carménère
Pehuén Carménère
Vineyard

Location

Center of the  Colchagua valley 190 km. to the south of Santiago.

Surface

148 ha.

Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Carménère.

Climate

High thermal oscillation. Cool breeze coming off the coast through the Tinguiririca river. South-facing hills, less exposure and denser vegetation.

Average annual temperature

14,7 ºC (58 ºF).

Average annual rainfall

684 mm.

Annual awards:

Wine Review Online - April 2011

Date: April 2011

Country: USA

Vintage: 2005

Award: 94 Points

International Wine Challenge - October 2010

Date: October 2010

Country: United Kingdom

Vintage: 2005

Award: 96 Points

Mundus Vini - September 2010

Date: September 2010

Country: Germany

Vintage: 2005

Award: Double Gold Medal

Wine Enthusiast - September 2009

Date: September 2009

Country: USA

Vintage: 2005

Award: 91 points

Wine Spectator - June 2009

Date: June 2009

Country: USA

Vintage: 2005

Award: 92 points

Comments: A muscular, loamy style, with cofee, licorice and blackcurrant notes frame by a dusting of cocoa powder, followed by a solid polished finish. Drink now through 2011.J.M.

Wine Spectator - January 2009

Date: January 2009

Country: USA

Vintage: 2004

Award: 89 points

e-Robert Parker.com - April 2009

Date: April 2009

Country: USA

Vintage: 2005

Award: 92 points

Wine Review On Line - March 2009

Date: March 2009

Country: USA

Vintage: 2005

Award: 92 points

International Wine Cellar - March 2009

Date: March 2009

Country: USA

Vintage: 2005

Award: 91 points

Wine and Spirits - February 2008

Date: February 2008

Country: USA

Vintage: 2004

Award: 92 points