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Oveja Negra Winemakers Sauvignon Carmenere 2018
£58.62 Price Per Case ( 6 Bottles )
Country - Chile
Region - Maule Valley
Grape Varieties - Sauvignon Blanc 90%, Carmenère 10%
Alcohol by volume - 13.5%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Oveja Negra
Tasting notes - This wine reflects the essence of Oveja Negra by blending a red variety with a white. Aromas of sweet tropical fruit and
citrusy, grapefruit notes from the Sauvignon Blanc complement the herbal backdrop from the Carménère. This refreshing wine stands out
for its rich and well-integrated acidity. Smooth and richly textured with a dry and vibrant finish.
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Limes and crystalline lemon with a hint of vanilla on the nose complemented by fresh grapefruit flavours with a
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 Roberto Silva seeks to combine sustainable viticultural practices with innovative winemaking, to produce fruit-driven wines of real personality. “Oveja Negra has always been a
leading winery in the development of innovative blends and diverse wine ranges with character and a sense of origin”. These are individual wines for individual people.
The 2017 vintage saw temperate, dry conditions during the winter months of August and September. This
resulted 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.
The Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Campo Lindo and la Esperanza vineyard blocks in San Rafael, which
were planted in 2004. The majority of the vines are trained on a vertical trellis system; a small sector is
trained on a Lyre Trellis which provides more shade, contributing additional sun protection for the bunches.
Foliage management takes place for both varieties, aimed at creating a shady canopy to protect the grapes
from direct sunlight. This produces a cooler microclimate for the fruit creating greater aromatic intensity and
a good natural acidity in the final wines. The soils are of alluvial origin, with a clay-loam texture and moderate
The grapes were hand-picked in the morning to maintain their freshness. The Carménère was whole-cluster
pressed without prior crushing, a crucial process in preventing colour extraction and producing a cleaner
must. The Sauvignon Blanc was crushed before being pressed in a strictly reductive environment to prevent
any oxidation. Each variety was fermented separately in stainless steel tanks, for 25 days. Fermentation took
place at cool temperatures of 10° to 14°C, in order to gain a greater aromatic expression and finesse in the ﬁnal wine. A large percentage of the blend was aged in oak barrels for three months to promote greater volume and texture on the palate. The wine was also held on its fine lees in suspension for three months.
This wine reflects the essence of Oveja Negra by blending a red variety with a white. Aromas of sweet tropical
fruit and citrusy, grapefruit notes from the Sauvignon Blanc complement the herbal backdrop from the
Carménère. This refreshing wine stands out for its rich and well-integrated acidity. Smooth and richly textured
with a dry and vibrant finish.
Shellfish, grilled white fish, salads, and fresh cheese.
Sauvignon Blanc 90%, Carmenère 10%
- Bottle Size
- Case Size
- 6 Bottles
- Maule Valley