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Kai Carmenère

Aconcagua Valley

In 2005, Errazuriz released the first vintage of Kai, its flagship Carmenère. The grapes come from the very best Carmenère vines found in two blocks of the Don Maximiano vineyards. One block has a deep soil with sandy-loam and 30-40% stone compound over an alluvial base, and the other a deep alluvial soil with about 50% stone compound. After allowing the Carmenère to properly ripen, the hand-picked grapes were carefully sorted and fermented in stainless steel tanks, with regular pumpovers, and about 25 days of skin contact. The new wine is then racked to 100% new oak barrels (80% French, 20% American) and aged for about 16 months. The final blend can include Petit Verdot, which adds structure, a spicy character, and a sense of freshness due to its acidity, and Syrah, which contributed black fruit and complement the sweet tannins.

   
Kai Carmenère bottle