Viña Echeverria, Reserva, Curico Valley, Carmenère 2016

Viña Echeverria, Reserva, Curico Valley, Carmenère 2016

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A well textured wine with smooth coffee and gamey flavours and a hint of bitter chocolate on the finish.

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Vintage - 2016

Country - Chile

Region - Curicó Valley

Grape Varieties - Carmenère 100%

Alcohol by volume - 13%

Bottle - 75cl

Viña Echeverría is a family-run estate winery, owned and managed by the Echeverría family. Established in 1930, but with an agricultural heritage going back to the 1700s, Viña Echeverría is as much today, as always, driven by a shared passion for winemaking and an uncompromising search for excellence. Viña Echeverría combines nearly a century of viticulture and winemaking experience with a modern state-of-the-art winery, to produce a range of over 20 quality wines from nine different grape varieties. It has recently been awarded its Sustainable Winery status by Wines of Chile, as well as its ISO9000 certification.

2016 was an unpredictable year due to unfavourable weather conditions at harvest time. The summer brought hot, dry weather which led into cooler temperatures in April. Heavy rain fell on April 15th as a result of El Niño, which delayed final maturation and reduced yields for some varieties. Those which had been harvested prior to the rain produced high quality grapes with a marked acidity and freshness.

The vineyard is located in Molina in the Curico Valley at an altitude of 243 metres. It is situated on the 35th parallel south, between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Intense sunshine is tempered by cooling sea breezes, allowing the grapes to achieve outstanding fruit aromas and exceptional colour concentration. The warm dry days and cold nights encourage a long growing season, which is ideally suited to produce healthy vines and grapes. Working with a model of micro viticulture, each plot, of no more than half a hectare, is identified according to its terroir and microclimate and planted accordingly. Grapes are cultivated using specific pruning methods, irrigation, canopy management and harvesting, which results in grapes of optimum quality and flavour. The fertile soils are alluvial in origin, with clay loam and stone at 80cm.

The grapes were fermented in 25,000 and 15,000 litre stainless steel tanks for a period of eight days. The fermentation took place with selected yeasts at controlled temperatures of 24 to 27°C, through to dryness. An extended maceration took place for an additional three to five days in order to extract the desired level of colour and flavours. 100% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation, followed by four to five months in seasoned French oak barrels imparting complexity.

An elegant Carmenère with intense, berried fruit, ripe plums and hints of paprika. Harmoniously balanced with vibrant fruits interlaced with soft spicy notes through to a round and silky finish. Grilled lamb, pasta dishes, a hearty stew or a medium-spiced curry