MAX Carmenere 2018
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 15-25 days. Afterwards, the wine was kept in French oak barrels, 25% of them new, for malolactic fermentation and ageing for 12 months.
The 2018 vintage in the interior of the Aconcagua Valley will be remembered by its idyllic climate with an overall heat summation that was only 1% higher than average. The moderate temperatures allowed for a very balanced ripening and harvesting.
The 2018 vintage of our MAX Carmenere displays a dull and deep violet color. On the nose, notes of black and red fruits, herbs and spiced character as roasted red bell pepper, rosemary and dill, all framed by soft notes of chocolate and roasted coffee beans. On the palate, appears notes of nuts, dark cherries and coffee. It shows good structure with elegant, fine grained tannins that give a silky texture on the palate.
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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Wine Advocate - "I had not tasted the Carmenere from the Max vineyards for a while until they presented the still-unbottled 2018 Max Reserva Carmenere. The grapes were hand picked early in the morning and went through a sorting table before being crushed and put in stainless steel to ferment. The wine matured for 12 months in French oak barrels, 30% of them new. It's intensely herbal and spicy, varietal and defined, with clean aromas and focused flavors. The palate is juicy and tender, with moderate acidity and a soft mouthfeel."
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