Echeverria Carmenere Reserva
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The vineyards at Viña Echeverría are located in the Curicó Valley, at the 35th parallel south, and the rows are planted in an east-westerly direction to potentiate the sun’s exposure.
- Echeverria works with a model of micro viticulture, which means that each plot, no more than half a hectare, is identified according to its terroir and microclimate and planted, pruned, irrigated and harvested accordingly, resulting in grapes of optimum quality and flavor.
Varietal Composition: 100% Carmenère
Elaboration: Hand-picked in 18 Kg. boxes and carried to the winery immediately after cutting. Fermented in 25,000 and 15,000 liter stainless steel tanks for 8 days at 24-27°C controlled temperature to dryness with selected yeasts. Fermentation finished without grape skin contact. 100% malolactic fermentation. Stored in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks through bottling. Aged in French used oak barrels for 4-5 months to add complexity and to achieve softer tannins
Tasting Notes: Red violet color with intense purple gleams. Complex on the nose, this Carmenère combines intense aromas of raspberries and dark cherries with ripe bell peppers and hints of black pepper. Smooth and velvety, it is a well-balanced wine with a long and pleasant finish.
The Echeverría family came to Chile in the 1750s, from a little town called Amezqueta in the Basque region of Spain. They established agricultural properties just north of Santiago, where they planted vineyards, among other crops. Over time vineyard holdings have grown to 65 hectares, and Viña Echeverría remains a family-owned and managed estate winery, occupying the same location for as long as anyone can remember. Family owned wineries are, as we know, not at all the norm in Chile. This sets Echeverria apart and it shows in the personality of their finished wines. Roberto Echeverría Jr continues to lead all activities here and if you get the chance to meet him make sure you do so!