Viña Carmen’s Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 received 90 points from Wine & Spirits, regarded as one of the most influential publications in the global wine industry. The wine will feature in the June printed edition of the magazine, as Best Buy and among the Year’s Best Maipo Reds.
Sourced from Los Quillayes vineyard, located in Carmen’s Maipo Alto estates, this Carmen Gran Reserva is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil consisting on alluvial terraces has a mixture of 20% clay and 80% sand, which provides the vines with outstanding drainage balanced with optimum moisture retention. A significant fluctuation in temperature from day to night gives the wine a balanced acidity as well as the opportunity to fully develop its unique blackcurrant and spice flavors. Handpicked, the grapes are cold macerated for 10 days at 4º C before fermentation, to ensure maximum retention of primary fruit aromas and to maximize color extraction. Alcoholic fermentation was carried out in stainless steel tanks at 28º – 29º C. The total maceration period was between 14-22 days. The total blend was aged in French oak barrels for a period of 14 months, malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in barrels.
Carmen’s winemaker Emily Faulconer creates this Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, deep and intense ruby-red in color. The nose presents aromas of black currants, blackberries, and licorice with smooth, elegant cedar notes. The palate is very rich and generous yet fresh and vibrant at the same time. The wine has abundant fruit and firm tannins that lend structure and depth. This is the perfect wine to enjoy with full-flavored red meats such as lamb, ribs and beef with spicy sauces. It also goes well with wild fowl, venison, kidneys, goose and ripe cheeses.