Casa Silva Gran Terroir Single Vineyard Los Lingues Carmenere
Colchagua Valley, Chile
Vineyard / Estate / Viticulture:
Soil Type: The soil is of alluvium-colluvial origin and is composed of ancient terrace formations. Low organic matter and medium-low fertility. The profile varies in texture of fine sand, clay and angled granite stones, with excellent drainage. The estate, being at the foot of the Andes, has a unique and varied topography, being a fascinating place to do micro-terroir studies. Special Vintage Info: Temperate Mediterranean climate. The influence of the Andes Mountains is felt through cool nights that allow day-night thermal oscillations of up to 20 o C, ideal for the concentration of fruit in the grapes. The opening between the two mountain ranges creates a breeze that maintains the uniform temperature between the clusters and ensures an excellent sanitary condition. Also here, there average rainfall is lower than the rest of the valley. The wines are of exceptional quality, great body and colour, with natural sweetness and soft tannins.
Vinification / Winemaking:
– How grapes were handled: 100% hand picked
– Fermentation / Yeast Type / Vessel: Hand sorting of grapes both before and after destemming. Pre-fermentative maceration for 8 days at 6ºC. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 16 days at 26ºC to 28ºC. Post ferment maceration for 15 days. Run off and then malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels.
– Fermentation Management:
– Reasons for this choice:
– Ageing – barrels / size / time: 85% aged in new French oak barrels for 12 months; 15% in stainless steel tanks.
Deep ruby with a violet rim. On the nose, intense, with notes of ripe black fruits with hints of wild forest fruits. On the palate, good balance between fruit and oak, good structure, powerful, sweet and round tannins, and notes of boysenberries and hints of tobacco. Excellent finish.