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One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £54.83
Country - Chile
Region - Colchagua Valley
Grape Varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Syrah 40%
Alcohol by volume - 13.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Oveja Negra
Tasting notes - Delicate on the nose, this Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah blend reflects a broad spectrum of ripe fruits from cassis and sour cherries from the Cabernet to blueberries, blackberries and floral notes from the Syrah. The firm, but smooth tannins create a good structure on the palate, with a pleasing creaminess, a brightening acidity and smooth, sweet notes on the finish
A full flavoured blend with a touch of mint and
herbaceous black fruits combined with spice.
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 grapes are grown in the Nilahue Vineyard, in Colchagua. The climate is
Mediterranean with four well defined seasons and 600 millimeters of annual rainfall.
The low humidity, the maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean, and the breezes from
the Coastal Mountains generate a diurnal temperature difference of approximately
10°C; ideal for promoting a long ripening season, concentrating the flavours in the
grapes, while retaining refreshing acidity. The vineyard sits on highly stratified hills with
soils of alluvial origin, with a fine clay texture and rocks. The soil is low in organic
matter and fertility.
The grapes were hand-picked. The fruit was then destemmed but not crushed to
prevent excessive berry breakage and minimise astringency. A proportion of the
Cabernet Sauvignon and all of the Syrah underwent a four day pre-fermentation
cold soak at 10°C. Alcoholic fermentation lasted between 20 to 24 days at a
temperature of 27° to 28°C with three daily pump-overs depending on the density
and oenological tastings. The total skin contact was 20 to 30 days for the Cabernet
and 18-26 days for the Syrah. 40% of the final blend was aged in old French oak for
10 months. The wine was cold stabilised over the winter and filtered prior to bottling.
Delicate on the nose, this Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah blend reflects a broad
spectrum of ripe fruits from cassis and sour cherries from the Cabernet to blueberries,
blackberries and floral notes from the Syrah. The firm, but smooth tannins create a
good structure on the palate, with a pleasing creaminess, a brightening acidity and
smooth, sweet notes on the finish.
Strongly flavoured dishes; grilled or oven roasted red meats or a vegetable lasagne.
Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Syrah 40%
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