Located about 250 km south of Santiago in the valley between the coastal mountains and Andes, the Maule Valley was one of the first areas in Chile where vines were planted, and its viticulture history stretches back to the start of colonization. For many years, the region was known more for quantity rather than the quality, similar to the Central Valley of California. But in recent years it has attracted renewed attention. Since the mid-1990s, new technologies have been introduced, allowing the region to improve the quality of its wines. Maule was where Merlot was originally determined to be Carmenere, and those who did not rip out their vines now enjoy some of the oldest Carmenere vines in Chile. More recently, some of the region's winemakers have "rediscovered" the old vineyards of Carignan and Cinsault, which are grown on very old (more than 50 years old) vines.
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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