2021 Vina Carmen Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Premier 1850 BIO

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Type of Wine Red
Country Chile
Region Colchagua Valley
Winery Vina Carmen
Vintage 2021
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (13%)
Drink window 2022 - 2026
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When making the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, the aim is to produce a mature and powerful wine, which at the same time has all the characteristics of an Old World Cabernet, through a special freshness and vibrancy. The Cabernet is planted in Colchagua Valley, in a temperate climate on a beautiful soil of river clay and boulders. With yields of around 70 hectoliters per hectare, a very smooth and soft Cabernet can be made. A cold soak of no less than ten days gives the wine extra fruit and color. The perfectly ripe fruit allowed a fermentation of no less than five weeks, to give it a lot of power and intensity. With fermentation at a fairly low temperature, of around 26 ºC, the fruit in the wine is nicely preserved. 80% of the wine is aged for 10 months in French and American oak barrels. That's enough to give it a pleasant vanilla note, without sacrificing the fruit. The rest stays on stainless steel, for some extra freshness. By adding a dash of Carmenère it gets a small subtle pepper and a light spiciness. Wonderfully smooth and at the same time a nice tasteful red.

The Cabernet Reserva Premier 1850 is made from the classic Bordeaux grape and brings a wine with a wonderfully elegant and soft character, bursting with fruit, with cassis and blueberries, a hint of mint, wonderfully lively, sultry and juicy. Also classic aromas of the cabernet, such as pencil sharpening and cedar. On the palate Elegant taste, smooth and accessible, a hint of paprika, black cherries and cassis, lively and juicy. Perfect with grilled sirloin steak, duck, hard aged cheeses.

Vineyard for 2021 Vina Carmen Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Premier 1850 BIO

Carmen is the oldest of the bodegas still active in Chilean viticulture. The house was founded in 1850 by Chistian Lanz, who named the winery after his beloved wife Carmen. Until 1987 it led a fairly inconspicuous existence. However, it was then taken over by the Claro family, who were also involved as co-owners in companies such as Santa Rita and Los Vascos. Substantial investments were made, and the opportunity was seized to establish one of Chile's most modern wine companies. In 1994, the carménère grape variety was rediscovered in the vineyards of Carmen. It was long thought that this grape variety was extinct because of the phylloxera, but research showed that the grape was still planted in the Alta Maipo Valley vineyards of Carmen. Since its rediscovery, the carménère grape has become the signature variety for Chilean viticulture. Due to the construction at the foot of the Andes mountains, the new cellars from the winery could be constructed in such a way that all movements with the wine only take place under the influence of gravity. The use of pumps, which somehow 'damage' the wine, make it less of a quality, is completely avoided in this way.

However, the basis of Carmen's success does not even lie in the state-of-the-art installations, but in the vineyard. The professional team of oenologists, led by María del Pilar González, also plays an important role in the production of quality wines. With its arrival in the early 1990s, the emphasis was placed on the quality of the grapes by the young winemaker Alvaro Espinoza. Now that winemaker Emily Faulconer has taken over Carmen's premium range, the focus is on making wines with their own identity and salvaging the value of the terroir they come from. Winemaker Emily Faulconer studied agricultural engineering at the Universidad Católica de Chile. She worked in wineries in the United States (Cakebread Cellars), New Zealand (Trinity Hill Winery) and France (Chateau Canon). Faulconer has also previously worked as head winemaker in Viña Arboleda, where she managed the viticultural and viticultural areas, emphasizing the production of fine wines with a sense of origin.

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Type of Wine Red
Country Chile
Region Colchagua Valley
Winery Vina Carmen
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon
Biological certified Yes
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Vintage 2021
Drinking as of 2022
Drinking till 2026
Alcohol % 13
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
Promotion Tier Price
Tasting Profiles Dark fruit, Dry, Fruity, Flexible
Drink moments Barbecue, Borrelen, Met vrienden, Open haard, Voor alledag
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