Country: Chile Region: Central Valley
Varietal: Carignan 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%, Malbec 25%, Carménère 6%
Vintage: 2012 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Over 25 years ago, Dan Odfjell the Norwegian Armador (ship owner) fell in love with a small corner of the Maipo Valley. Serendipity would later show that he had found land in Chile’s premium red wine producing valley, where vitis vinifera has been cultivated for 400 years. While most of the other top producers in Chile are working with relatively young vines, Odfjell have forged an unique reputation based on rediscovering the forgotten wealth of Chile's winemaking past. At the time this was considered a very eccentric move but now the interest in these old sites has grown exponentially, in no small part thanks to Odfjell. Crafting wines that fully maximise the great potential of the region, this year having joined the new association of Vignadores de Carignan, Odfjell are committed to sustainable agriculture and green winemaking practices, the vineyards are all cultivated organically and biodynamically and are working towards certification.
Elimination of shoots late in the spring, removal of interior leaves after set and selection of the best bunches during veraison and before vintage. All grapes were hand-picked.
The grapes were hand picked and were not crushed on reception at the winery; the clusters were only de-stemmed.The whole berries had four days of cold maceration prior to fermentation and ten to twelve days of maceration at 25ºC after fermentation. Selected and native yeasts were used during the fermentation, which took place in tanks of 40,000 Litres. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation took place in tanks
Time: 4 to 6 Months; % Oaked: 30; % New Oak: None;
This alluring wine displays intense aromas of raspberries, dry plums and figs with hints of spicy notes. Juicy with round tannins, a touch of coffee and chocolate and a long finish.
Definitely a red meat wine that is adaptable enough to stand up to spicy Mexican, Cajun or Indian cuisine.