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Viña Quintay Clava Coastal Reserve Carménère 2014

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Chile's characteristic grape, this Clava Carménère is intense red in colour. In the nose it has spiced aromas like pepper and notes of smoked leather and chocolate. Both on the nose and on the palate fruits like plums and figs, accompanied by a touch of vanilla and wood well integrated with the spices. A wine that fills the mouth leaving a long pleasing flavour and finish and potential for ageing for more than five years.

Food Matching: Carménère is know for it's suitability to match spicy foods.

Grape Variety100% Carménère  

Region: Rapel Valley, Chile
VineyardEstate owned vineyards in Rapel Valley
Age of the Vineyard: 7 years
Time of Harvest: Second half of May
Altitude: 350m   

Harvest Method: Hand harvest
Viticulture & WinemakingThe grapes are hand picked in small trays and taken to the winery and put in a cold chamber for 24 hours. The fruit was then manually selected on sorting tables for only the bext berries. The fruit was then stored in a cold tank for six days, macerating the skin with the pulp and extracting all the colour and body. During the alcoholic fermentation, which lasted around ten days, the temperature was kept between 26ºC and 28ºC.  The wine was pumped over around four times a day. After alcoholic fermentation the wine was transferred French oak barrels (2 to 4 times used) for the malolactic fermentation, a process which lasted four months. After malolactic fermentation the wine was rested in barrel for 6 months. Before bottling the wine was gently filtered.
Oak Treatment: 100% of the wine spent a total of 10 months in French oak barrels.
WinemakerPaula Cárdenas 

Alcohol: 14% vol.
Volume: 750ml
Residual sugar: 1.94 gr/litre
Standard Drinks: 8.3
Best Served: 17°
Cellaring:  Ready to drink now but will age well for as much as 5 years or more in bottle.