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Vina Los Vascos Carmenere Grande Reserve

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LOS VASCOS CARMENERE “GRANDE RESERVE” has been the challenge for the technical team of Los Vascos for the last three years. Working very closely in the vineyards on canopy management, irrigation, strict control of yields and the exact right time for picking, the goal was to search for the fruit that could provide a wine with the characteristic typicality of this variety, picked late but with just the right ripeness.
THE LEGENDARY HISTORY OF A LOST GRAPE VARIETY:
At the beginning of the 17th century, Bordeaux had a native grape variety, “Grande vidure”, also known as “Carbernell” or “Camernet” that was included in the blend for the region's wines.
Towards the end of the 19th century the phylloxera epidemic, caused by an insect of American origin, wiped out almost the entire French and European vineyard. This variety was no exception, and so it disappeared from the region. History tells us that the vineyards of Europe owed their rebirth to the importation of grafted plants from the Americas, but there was no Carmenère among them.
It was in Chile in 1991 that a French oenologist from Montpellier University, Claude Valat, made a discovery in a vineyard in the Maipo Valley (the appropriately named Carmen estate): some of the vine plants seemed to be different from the usual Merlot vines, with larger berries and differently coloured leaves. He therefore decided to analyse their DNA and ended up by proving that they were Carmenère vines.
It was then discovered that, well before phylloxera had devastated the European vineyard, a Chilean aristocrat called Silvestre Ochagavia had imported several Carmenère plants from the other side of the Ocean, therefore allowing them to survive the disaster of phylloxera before sinking into oblivion until 1991. All the Chilean Carmenère vines are descended from these plants.
The production of LOS VASCOS CARMENERE GRANDE RESERVE is for now very small and deliberately limited to 6 000 cases.
100% Carmenere, aged in oak French barrels for 12 months, the wine charms with its ripe fruit and spicy aromas, some of which are evocative of Chilean cuisine.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Carmenère.
CLIMATE AND HARVEST CONDITIONS
2012 was characterized by unusual weather conditions with 409 mm of rain, corresponding to barely 
58% of the normal annual average. However, these conditions helped to control the natural vigour of the 
Carmenère vines. 
The technical team analysed the various operations likely to strengthen the grape variety's true identity. 
In particular, leaf removal and management of water stress helped to achieve satisfactory ripeness and 
pleasingly fresh fruit. 
The harvest took place between 26 April and 10 May, Carmenère being a late-ripening variety.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING
Yield: 7 to 8 tons/ha 
Vinification and alcoholic fermentation: The grapes were picked by hand and sorted on arrival at the 
winery. Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, which, with pumping 
over, enabled the extraction of the aromas, colours and flavours characteristic of this grape variety.
Malolactic fermentation: Yes
Ageing : 12 months in French oak barrels (20% new).
Alcohol degree: 14% by volume
Bottling date: September 2013
Total acidity: 3.0 g/l H2SO4
Production: 6,000 cases 
TASTING NOTES (at bottling)
Beautiful purple crimson colour. 
The grape variety's characteristics are reflected in the expression of fruit such as cherries, blackberries 
and plums. The nose offers notes of black pepper and bay, with hints of coffee, bitter chocolate, mint 
and nutmeg. On the palate, the attack is gentle, deep, balanced and seductive. This wine reveals the full 
potential of the Carmenère grape.
Enjoy with cheese, pasta or meat.

GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Carmenère.

CLIMATE AND HARVEST CONDITIONS  2012 was characterized by unusual weather conditions with 409 mm of rain, corresponding to barely 58% of the normal annual average. However, these conditions helped to control the natural vigour of the Carmenère vines. The technical team analysed the various operations likely to strengthen the grape variety's true identity. In particular, leaf removal and management of water stress helped to achieve satisfactory ripeness and pleasingly fresh fruit. The harvest took place between 26 April and 10 May, Carmenère being a late-ripening variety.

VINIFICATION AND AGEING  Vinification and alcoholic fermentation: The grapes were picked by hand and sorted on arrival at the winery. Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, which, with pumping over, enabled the extraction of the aromas, colours and flavours characteristic of this grape variety.  Malolactic fermentation: Yes  Ageing : 12 months in French oak barrels (20% new).  Alcohol degree: 14% by volume  Bottling date: September 2013  Total acidity: 3.0 g/l H2SO4  Production: 6,000 cases 

TASTING NOTES (at bottling)  Beautiful purple crimson colour.   The grape variety's characteristics are reflected in the expression of fruit such as cherries, blackberries and plums. The nose offers notes of black pepper and bay, with hints of coffee, bitter chocolate, mint and nutmeg. On the palate, the attack is gentle, deep, balanced and seductive. This wine reveals the full potential of the Carmenère grape.  Enjoy with cheese, pasta or meat.

 

Vintage: 2012
Colour: Red
Variety: Carmenere
Producer: Los Vascos
Origin: Chile
Style: Smooth, Medium Bodied Red Wines
When to Drink: Wines to Drink Whenever
Bottle Size: 75cl
Bin Number: 1717




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