Chile has a long history of grape growing and winemaking, but was not much noticed outside of the country until the late 80's or early 90's when new technology allowed wineries to produce clean, fruit forward wines at bargain prices. However, some world-class reds are being produced from Cabernet, Carmenere and even Pinot Noir. Like many New World countries, Chile has adopted a signature grape variety, Carmenere, once widely grown in Bordeaux. It was thought to be extinct following the European phylloxera outbreaks of the 19th century, but was rediscovered in Chile in the 1990s. The country is long and skinny, running more than 4000 kms from North to South. However, the greatest distinction is not made north-south, but rather east-west. In the hundred miles from the sea to the border, Chile experiences pacific influence, influence from coastal mountains, a hot central valley and the Andes.
Made from grapes grown along the higher vineyard flats with direct exposure to the Pacific Ocean. Casa Marin uses the French 242 clone which yields a friendly, rich, and full-bodied Sauvignon Blanc with a lovely texture, notes of peaches and sliced apple combined with fresh bell pepper and asparagus. The fresh acidity and salinity of the Pacific Ocean results in a complex and balanced wine.
Given the evident climatic differences throughout the narrow territory of Chile, Terranoble wanted to explore this diversity in the CA project: 100% Carmenere that, under similar conditions of vinification, production and aging, show different characteristics based on the influence of either the Andes or the Coast.
The Colchagua Valley is considered by many to be Chile’s equivalent to Napa Valley, with a Mediterranean climate cooled at night by Pacific breezes which help to build complexity in the grapes grown here. Further east, inland toward the foothills of the Andes, vineyards are more influenced by the overnight cooling breezes coming off the Andes. Terranoble’s Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a single vineyard, Los Lingues, which is located in this more eastern stretch of the Valley.
Terranoble is considered one of Chile’s true ambassadors for the Carmenere varietal. This is a very complex Carmenere for the price, with a rich and balanced combination of fruit and oak. On the nose, red berries, black berries, plums, paprika, smoke and toasted aromas come through. Juicy on the palate, with cherry and chocolate notes in combination with toasted oak. This wine is well structured and full-bodied with smooth tannins and a long finish.
This blend of 87% Pinot Blanc, 13% Pinot Grigio is grown in the Casablanca Valley area of Las Dichas. Grapes were fermented in amphorae with native yeasts. Maceration with the skins lasted three months without temperature control nor addition of SO2, and only with the grapes natural acidity. After three months, the skins were removed and the wine was racked into smaller amphorae.
90% Syrah, 10% Tempranillo grown in the Casablanca Valley area of Las Dichas. After a manual selection of bunches, the grapes were destemmed and subject to a cold maceration of 5 days. Fermentation took place in small lots and in terracotta amphorae with very soft manual punch-downs, 3 times per day. 5% of the grapes were fermented with whole clusters. The wine was kept for 14 months: Syrah in untoasted foudre and Tempranillo in amphorae.
Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc harvested from the Casablanca Valley. This wine is straw yellow with greenish tones. This Sauvignon Blanc has fruit aromas, that vary from tropical fruits to lime, grapefruits and subtle notes of asparagus. On the palate, it has a fresh and balanced acidity, with flavors of citrus fruits with herbal notes. A fresh wine, with a medium structure and long finish.
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