In the interior of the Maule Valley, the Carignan grape is the star due to its acidity, that in a zone this warm reaches the perfect balance.
Cauquenes is situated in the Chile's central valley, the warmest and most interior of the areas that Vintae has explored in the Andean country. It is an area dominated by cooperatives that sell their grapes to the major Chilean wineries, but projects have emerged that seek to lend prestige to the area's star grape: the Carignan. The vineyards of Cauquenes are old also; they were planted after the great earthquake that devastated the Maule vineyards in 1939. The Carignan is notable due to its great acidity, and in warm conditions it produces wines of great richness in noble, very expressive compounds of great concentration. Its acidic potential, together with cultivation in warm areas, reflects the perfect, balanced maturation in this variety's grape.
The Carignan is beginning to be appreciated in this area and small producers assert its value as a traditional variety of Chilean viticulture.
- Varieties: Carignan.
- Ageing: 12 months in French oak barrels used 1 to 3 times.
- Harvest: Manual harvest from March 21-24, 2015.
- Vineyard: Vineyards that are more than 70 years old located in El Sauzal (Maule Valley, interior area). Granitic soils.
- Alcohol content: 13% ABV.
- Colour: Deep and intense violet color.
- Nose: Aromas of cherry liqueur and black fruit, with additional notes of apricots, white peach, pears and a touch of jasmine.
- Palate: Elegant and mature, the palate is juicy and round with notes of cassis, blackcurrant and vanilla, mature tannins and a long and complex aftertaste.