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One Case ( 6 Bottles ): £54.83
Country - Chile
Region - Maule Valley
Grape Varieties - Sauvignon Blanc 90%, Carmenère 10%
Alcohol by volume - 12%
Bottle - 75cl
Producer - Oveja Negra
Tasting notes - This refreshing wine reflects the essence of Oveja Negra by blending a red variety with a white. Aromas of tropical and citrus fruits from the Sauvignon Blanc complement herbal notes from the Carménère. Balanced with a fruity finish.
Limes and lemon with a hint of vanilla and honey on the
nose complemented by fresh grapefruit flavours with a
crisp and mouthwatering finish.
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 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 fertility.
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. 30% of the Sauvignon Blanc was cold macerated at 10°C, before being
pressed. 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. The wine was kept on its
fine lees for two months to promote a richer texture and more volume on the palate.
It was blended, stabilised and earth filtered prior to being bottled.
This refreshing wine reflects the essence of Oveja Negra by blending a red variety
with a white. Aromas of tropical and citrus fruits from the Sauvignon Blanc
complement herbal notes from the Carménère. Balanced with a fruity finish.
Shellfish, grilled white fish, salads, and fresh cheese.
Sauvignon Blanc 90%, Carmenère 10%
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