Santiago Merlot Red Wine 75cl x 6 Bottles

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WINERY INFORMATION

For the Merlot, we work with two families in two different locations for a blend with huge appeal. The first is the Martin Family who are nestled into the Andes Mountains in a western corner of Curico. Their vineyards sit around 500 metres above sea level (masl), a far higher altitude than the majority of Curico’s main valley which lies around 250masl. Vines are between 40 and 60 years old and part of a 45ha estate where peaches and apples are also grown. The vines are unirrigated and the vineyard is cool with a unique rocky mountain soil and glacial streams. At this elevated height and proximity to the mountains, Merlot enjoys a long growing season with cool evening temperatures. We love the crunchy plummy fruit character which gives us the backbone to this wine. We blend this with grapes from the El Milagro Estate in the centre of the Curico valley. The warm temperature and fertile soils allows Merlot to flourish here. Grapes are harvested during the coolest part of the day to ensure they reach the winery in prime condition. Temperatures are kept fairly low throughout the winemaking process, to allow the grapes to express their natural fruit characters. No oak is used. The resulting wine is fuller with more body and softer tannins and works really well with the higher altitude component. The biggest strength of this blend is our ability to balance out warmer and cooler vintages with these two different profiles.

TASTING NOTES

Plums, cherries and peppery spice with a touch of tobacco leaf. The palate is juicy and soft with red fruits. This is an easy drinking red. The palate is juicy and soft with red fruits. It is full bodied and creamy in the mouth with firm tannins, This is an easy drinking red.

Vintage: 2021

Variety: Merlot

Region: Valle Central

Alcohol content: 13.00%

Food Pairing: Tastes best with Pasta, Pizza and Roasted Red Meats.