Good rainfall during winter, followed by a cool spring and dry summer lead to lower yields in the 2010-2011 vintage. Characterized by healthly fruit with execllent flavor and maturity, the harvest began in April and grapes were hand selected before being crushed. The Merlot grapes were immediately crushed and given a cold soak for 6 days prior to an 8-10 day fermentation. For complexity, the winemaking team used both native and prise de mousse yeast and the must was pumped over three times a day during the first several days. The resulting wine was given an extended maceration of 7 days before being pressed off its skins and finally, the wine rested in the cellars for several months before being bottled. 

Tasting Notes

Of an intense ruby red with purple and rather bright tonalities, it is young and fresh with a soft and delicate nose that remind us of berries, where the aroma of ripe mulberries and raspberries with a touch of black plums outstands giving then space for small touches of cassis and ending with delicate spices Soft, silky and docile in mouth, of medium acidity, where those notes correspond to ripe raspberries and cherries even more enhanced by the characteristics of this warm valley.

Food Pairing

It's especially good with creamy cheeses, like Brie and Camembert.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
Buin and Macul Vineyards
Vineyard size:
Various acres
Soil composition:
Calcareous soil, sand and rough stone
Elevation:
1,320-1,890 feet
Vines/acre:
920-2,000
Yield/acre:
2.6 tons
Exposure:
North and South
Harvest time:
March
First vintage of this wine:
2002
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Merlot
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
8-10 days
Maceration technique:
Pump over
Length of maceration:
7 days
Type of aging container:
Stainless steel tanks
Size of aging container:
41,000 L
Length of aging before bottling:
3 months
Length of bottle aging:
3 months
Analytical Data
Alcohol:
14% %
pH level:
3.6
Residual sugar:
2.1 g/L
Acidity:
4.4 g/L
Dry extract:
27.5 g/L

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