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2016 Signos de Origen Los Robles Carmenere Valle de Colchagua

Chile, Valle Central
Organic
Signos de Origen Los Robles Carmenere Valle de Colchagua
Country Chile
Region Valle Central
Appellation Colchagua Valley
Winery Signos de Origen
Vintage 2016
Color Red
Varietal(s) 100% Carmenere
¥3,300  (incl. tax)
Country Chile
Region Valle Central
Appellation Colchagua Valley
Winery Signos de Origen
Vintage 2016
Color Red
Varietal(s) 100% Carmenere
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Data
Closure Natural Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 82x82x306mm
Alcohol 13.8%
Product Code ED-4R16
UPC 7804320507392
Inventory In Stock
Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

Cherry red in color. The nose presents good aromatic complexity with notes of black fruits such as blackberries and herbs recalling pennyroyal and rosemary. Notes of graphite and black pepper appear as it opens in the glass. Very flavorful with strikingly fresh acidity on the palate, good structure, and a lingering finish.

Pairing

Pairs very well with all types of meats, and lamb with mint is a particularly good choice. Also excellent with legumes, vegetable stews, and corn-based dishes, as well as sauces or dressings with olives or capers. Spicy dishes such as curry or Mexican dishes are also a good match.

Production

Terroir

SOIL: The vineyard is located in a transversal cordon of the Coastal Mountains and planted on red granite soils of primarily volcanic origin with andesite, basalt, and rhyolite rocks. The soils in these blocks of Carmenere are of alluvial origin, developed from material transported from a nearby ravine as well as from its proximity to the Tinguiririca River, which has left fluvial deposits of sand and silt. The B horizon has an aquifer that fluctuates due to its position below the blocks and closest to the river. It has 3% of organic matter (low-medium level), the texture varies between clay-loam and sandy-loam, and the pH is slightly acidity (5.8–6.2).

Vintage Notes

Colchagua has a Mediterranean-type climate. The 2015–2016 season was influenced by the effects of the El Niño phenomenon. Winter temperatures were mild and frost-free with little rainfall (400 mm). The spring and summer were cool, which delayed budbreak by two weeks with respect to previous years. The most significant event of the season was the abundant rainfall (200 mm) that fell on two occasions at Los Robles (April 15–17 and April 23–24). Biodynamic management, which encourages balanced vines and plant growth, demonstrated that the grapes were better equipped to resist the rain due to the thickness of their skins and good canopy management.

Viticulture

VINEYARDS: Fundo Los Robles; vineyard planted on the foothills of a mountainous outcropping in Lo Moscoso.
VINEYARD DESCRIPTION: Located 245 m asl, the vines come from a massal selection and are ungrafted, vertically positioned, and double cane pruned with an east-west orientation and southern exposure.

Vinification

VINIFICATION: The first stage of reception included a selection system via a conveyor belt to remove any leaves and damaged bunches, etc. The bunches were then transported by another conveyor belt to a machine to be destemmed and selected by size before passing on to a vibrating table to ensure that only perfect grapes were selected. The individual grapes were then gently dropped into the fermentation tanks where they underwent a 5-day pre-fermentation cold maceration at 8ºC. Alcoholic fermentation took place solely with native yeasts in stainless steel and ovoid concrete tanks (eggs) with temperatures that varied between 24º and 26ºC and a program of pumpovers and punchdowns in accordance with enological criteria. Total vinification time was 20–25 days. Malolactic fermentation took place naturally in barrels and ovoid tanks. The new wine was aged for 12 months and stabilized naturally, without treatments. It was lightly filtered with a 3–5-micron filter prior to bottling.


AGING: 12 months; 40% in concrete eggs and 60% in French oak barrels (30% new, 70% with 1 prior use).

2016 Signos de Origen Los Robles Carmenere Valle de Colchagua