D.O. Lontué Valley
The grapes for this wine come from our vineyard in the Lontué Valley (35°08’01’’S), 241 m asl. The climate is mild with a six-month dry season, and temperatures are moderated by cool breezes from the Claro River that borders the vineyard. Annual rainfall is 720 mm, concentrated between April and September. The loam soil has low fertility, and an abundance of stones in the prole ensures excellent drainage.
The 2015–2016 season was complex throughout most of the country. In the Lontué Valley, weather conditions delayed ripening, and April rainfalls also reduced production. The lower yields encouraged better concentration of the fruit, and the early harvest resulted in grapes with tremendous quality and health conditions.
The grapes were received and destemmed in our winery in Padre Hurtado. Alcoholic fermentation with native yeasts took place in small stainless steel tanks at temperatures that did not exceed 24°–25°C. Total maceration time was approximately 20 days.
Brix at Harvest: 24° Bx
Deep violet-red in color with elegant notes of black fruits, blackberries, owers, and a bit of spice. The palate is juicy with round tannins and a long nish that recalls black fruits and tobacco notes.
- Aging: 15% in stainless steel tanks and 85% in French oak barrels (40% new and 60% third-use)
- Alcohol: 14.5°
- pH: 3.58
- Residual Sugar: 2.74 g/L
- Total Acidity: 5.29 g/L