Undurraga TH Valle de Cachapoal Carmenère 2018

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Undurraga TH Valle de Cachapoal Carmenère 2018

Country - Chile

Region - Valle de Cachapoal

Grape Varieties - Carmenère 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Undurraga

Tasting notes - Herbal and spicy notes give way to an intense expression of fresh raspberries and cherries with subtle hints of green pepper and a fine, granitic minerality. Notes of dark chocolate intermingled with sweet berries lead to refined, smooth tannins and a vibrant acidity that lends a fresh, juicy mouthfeel. 

Undurraga TH Valle de Cachapoal Carmenère 2018

A smooth and fleshy Carmenère with an intense
expression of raspberries and cherries with subtle hints of
green pepper and fresh mocha through to a deliciously
salivating finish.
Producer Note
Undurraga is one of Chile’s most prestigious wineries, consistently receiving high scores
from top wine critics. Founded in 1885, Undurraga owns 1,350 hectares of estate
vineyard in Chile’s premium wine producing areas such as Leyda, Cauquenes and
Itata. Head winemaker Rafael Urrejola has spent a great deal of time researching and
understanding the diversity of Chile’s vineyard sites; the result is the emblematic ‘Terroir
Hunter’ range. Undurraga cultivates their vineyards with respect for the environment
and follow a philosophy of minimal intervention in the cellar in order to showcase the
terroir.
Vineyard
The grapes come from a specifically chosen vineyard in Peumo, on the western side of
the Valle de Cachapoal, in an area known for producing the best Carménère wines in
Chile. The climate in Peumo suits Carménère; its latitude ensures high temperatures
throughout the ripening period, but its proximity to the Pacific Ocean results in gentle
breezes that encourage the grapes to retain acidity, resulting in fresh flavours and
aromas in the wine. The vineyard is situated at 171 metres above sea level, where the
red clay soils are one metre deep and retain moisture to nourish the vines. Below the
clay profile lies decomposing granite rock with greater drainage, enabling excess
winter and springtime moisture to drain for better plant balance. The grapes come from
a small, low-yielding plot of ungrafted vines planted in 1998. The vines are subjected to
strict irrigation control during the ripening period. The yield is just 1.7 kilograms per
plant, providing the necessary concentration for a deeply flavoured wine.
Winemaking
The manually harvested grapes were rigorously selected to ensure that only the ripe,
healthy clusters passed to the destemming stage. After crushing, the grapes
underwent a pre-fermentation cold maceration under anaerobic conditions for eight
days at 6 to 8°C. Fermentation took place with natural yeasts at 27 to 28°C for 14 days,
with pump overs carried out three times per day. The wine was then left in contact with
its lees and skins for another 17 days to enhance its structure. The wine was aged in
French oak barrels, 35% of which were new, for 12 months.
Tasting Note
A smooth Carmenère with an intense expression of fresh raspberries and cherries,
complemented by subtle hints of green pepper. On the palate, notes of dark
chocolate and sweet berried fruit are enveloped in smooth, elegant tannins and a
vibrant acidity that lends a fresh, juicy finish.
Grape
Carmenère 100%

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