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One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £57.72
Country - Chile
Region - Maule Valley
Grape Varieties - Cabernet Franc 60%, Carmenère 40%
Alcohol by volume - 13.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Oveja Negra
Tasting notes - The 2017 vintage delivered wines with very intense ruby-red colour. The nose features predominantly fruit aromas; ripe red fruits complemented by herbal characters from the Cabernet Franc; and black fruits with a touch of spice, typical of the Carmenère. Beautifully balanced, the palate offers sweet young tannins that will ensure good evolution in the bottle.
Immediate blackcurrant fruit aroma followed by vanilla
and touch of herbs and graphite against a background
of dark chocolate.
Oveja Negra's definition of Black Sheep is someone special and out of the ordinary
who attracts attention and stands out from the crowd. Winemaker Carlos Gatica
seeks to combine sustainable viticultural practices with innovative winemaking, to
produce fruit-driven wines of real character. "Sustainability, expression of terroir, and
quality are key. The aim is to deliver wines with superior quality, at fair prices, made in
harmony with nature". These are individual wines for individual people.
The 2017 vintage saw temperate, dry conditions during the winter months, resulting
in early bud break, which caused poor shoot induction and ultimately lower yields.
The summer was very warm and sunny, which encouraged healthy flowering and
fruit set. Although the yields were lower than usual, the grapes were of very high
quality and resulted in wines with excellent ripeness, tremendous depth,
concentration, and balance along with very good alcohol levels. This vintage will
also be remembered for the forest fires that affected a large part of the country.
Fortunately for Oveja Negra their agricultural and oenological teams acted quickly
and wisely to mitigate possible damage in the vineyards and to ensure the
maximum success for the harvest.
The grapes used to make this wine are sourced from the El Condor and La
Esperenza blocks planted in 1998 and located in the San Rafael Estate in Maule. No
foliage management is required here because rainfall is low during the ripening
months and soil fertility is moderate, resulting in vines with a balanced vigour. The
total yield is approximately nine tonnes per hectare. The soil is loam to clay-loam in
texture with moderate fertility.
The grapes were destemmed but not crushed in order to minimise berry breakage
before being transferred to the stainless steel tanks, where they were cold
macerated for four days at 10°C. The alcoholic fermentation lasted approximately 22
to 24 days at temperatures of between 27° and 29°C. The must saw three pumpovers
per day. Following the alcoholic fermentation, 70% of the final blend was aged
in old French and American oak barrels for three months. The wine was cold
stabilised and earth filtered before bottling.
The 2017 vintage delivered wines with very intense ruby-red colour. The nose features
predominantly fruit aromas; ripe red fruits complemented by herbal characters from
the Cabernet Franc; and black fruits with a touch of spice, typical of the Carmenère.
Beautifully balanced, the palate offers sweet young tannins that will ensure good
evolution in the bottle.
Beef casserole, game or lightly spiced lamb curries.
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