- Grand Reserve
- Amigo Perro
Merlot / Carménère
- Variety: Merlot 70% / Carmenere 30 %
- Valley: Curicó
- pH: 3,52
- Acidity: 5,36 gr/lt
- Alcohol: 13,0º
- Residual sugar: 2,84 gr/lt
Bright ruby-red in color. Clean, crisp, and very fruity on the nose, with strawberries and plums foremost from the Merlot, mingling with ripe fruits and spices. Smooth on the palate with noble, semi-sweet tannins that balance perfectly with the acidity.
Located at latitude 35º S, this valley extends from the base of the Andes Mountains to the Pacific coast. This valley is alluvial in origin with loamy textured soils that change to deeper clay-loam nearer the coast. It has a semi-arid Mediterranean climate with an extended dry season and more than 700 mm (27.6 in) of precipitation per year. An excellent daytime-nighttime temperature oscillation of more than 18ºC/32ºF makes this a privileged winegrowing valley.
The Merlot grapes are harvested in mid-April and the Carménère at the end of the month, they are taken to the winery in 450 kg bins. The clusters are destemmed and the berries crushed and deposited into temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks and chilled to 10ºC (50ºF) for 2 days of pre-fermentation maceration to extract the full fruit character. A classic vinification follows, with maceration through pumpovers over the course of 7 days. A pneumatic press separates the solids without pumping to preserve the full character and balance achieved. Finally, a portion of the new wine is aged in French oak. Conditions are then controlled to encourage malolactic fermentation and the wine is stored in temperature-controlled tanks prior to bottling.
Pasta sauces with mushrooms and soft cheeses.
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