MAX Carmenere 2016
The grape long-lost in Bordeaux that has become a unique signature in Chile, MAX Carmenere is captivating with aromas of spice and black fruit on the nose, along with black pepper, toast and a long, silky palate. This voluptuous, juicy wine is generous in soft tannins, and its tremendous concentration and typicity promise excellent cellaring potential.
Maximiano Errazuriz founded Errazuriz in 1870 in the foothills of Mount Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Andes Mountains and the Western Hemisphere. Recognizing that this valley, with its hot, dry summers and cool Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, he sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick.
The grapes are sourced mainly from the Max V, VI and VII vineyards. The vineyards are planted on soils of alluvial and colluvial origin, with a variable percentage of clay and stones, good drainage and depth for the roots to explore.
Grapes were handpicked, sorted, destemmed, crushed and placed in open-top stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The grapes had a total maceration for 18-25 days. Afterwards, the wine was kept in French oak barrels, 28% of them new, for malolactic fermentation and ageing for 12 months.
The challenging vintage of 2016 performed different scenarios through the season, with a cool spring and a warmer than average summer. A rainy and cool October was followed by pleasant spring days in November, promoting a healthy flowering and fruit set. At the beginning of the summer temperatures gradually increased, reaching higher than the historical averages. February was warm, with oncoming sunny weather interspersed with cool morning fog, prevailing through to the end of the growing season. All these conditions delivered wines of outstanding vivacity and character.
The 2016 vintage of our MAX Carmenere displays a beautiful ruby red color. On the nose, aromas of red roasted pepper, tobacco, dill, and mushrooms are complemented by a subtle note of blackberries and cherries. On the palate, the wine shows fresh and delicate flavors of cherry and plum complemented by a touch of spice, chocolate and roasted coffee beans. ¬e wine is well balanced with mouthwatering acidity and round, soft tannins.
Carmenere, Petit Verdot, Syrah
Certified Sustainable. Environmentally friendly processes include using gravity instead of pumps to move wine, controlling temperatures with wind in underground ducts to avoid use of air conditioning, and using solar panels and special window glass to save energy.
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