Carma Carmenere 2010

Carma 2010 Carménère

Maule Valley, Estate Bottled


Variety: 100% Carménère
Appellation: Maule Valley
Alcohol: 13.5 %

The grapes used for this very impressive carmenere come from the south-coastal side of Maule Valley, where mature 18 year-old vines are planted on slopes with excellent sun and wind exposure, and using a double guyot trellis system.

The soils are relatively poor in organic material; limestone and clay make up the first strata, and limestone and sand are found deeper in the soil, providing excellent drainage for the roots.

The 2010 vintage was influenced by two major factors, the first being the El Niño.  Humid winds from the ocean early in spring carried early season rains, above the traditional average.  Spring was slightly cooler than normal, which affected blooming and therefore the total production per hectare.  The months before harvest saw normal warm weather, but as harvest arrived a cold mass of air delayed the original plan for 10 days. This slow maturation and the low yield – only 10 tons per hectare- blessed the wines with a wonderful combination of acidity, freshness and fruitiness.

The second factor was seen worldwide and is something that the Chilean people will certainly never forget: an 8.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the coastal Maule region on February 27th, causing significant physical damage and a great human strain for the area’s population.  Although the quake did not have a direct effect on the wine itself, labor morale was low and anxiety levels ran high every day and night due to the strong aftershocks.  In spite of this mammoth disaster, every worker at the cellar managed to perform their jobs as diligently and professionally as ever, while at the same time rebuilding their homes and villages.

The resiliency of the Chilean population and its labor force, constantly facing earthquake possibilities in one of the most seismically-fragile regions in the world, is one of this proud country’s greatest resources.

Harvest: May 10th, 2010
The grapes were hand-picked and immediately transported in bins to the winery for selection before de-stemming and crushing.

Maceration and Fermentation:
7 days of cold maceration, followed by controlled temperature fermentation of 26ºC for 12 days.

Oak Aging:
8 months in American oak, 40% second use and 60% third use, all of medium toast; the goal being an elegant flavor and complexity added by some oak influence, but with limited intensity to allow the fruit’s own characteristic spicy qualities to shine.

Winemaker’s Comments:
Our 2010 Estate Grown Reserva Carménère presents a deep crimson color, and intense aromas of red berries and spices, as well as some vanilla, black pepper and nice toasted oak.  On the palate, it enters sweet and juicy, with a bold structure, balanced acidity and tannins, and a long and rich finish characterized by berries, dark chocolate and gentle oak tones.