La Capitana Single Vineyard Barrel Reserve Carménère 2020
Vina La Rosa
Region: Cachapoal Valley

Tasting Notes

A lighter expression of Carménère than the “La Rosa’, this is till quite full-bodied. Aromas of ripe raspberry, cedar, sour cherry and spice replay on the palate along notes of vanilla and toast. The tannins are quite mild; the structure comes as much from acidity as from grip. Serve alongside grilled ribs or with a good steak.

Carménère is one of the “lost” Bordeaux grape varieties, once widely grown in the Medoc. A crossing of Cabernet Franc and Trousseau, this interesting grape was shipped as Merlot to Chile 150 years ago, where it was known as Merlot Peumal (after Puemo, where there were heavy plantings) until the 90s, when it was rediscovered. This is especially important, as phylloxera had wiped out almost all traces of it in France. Carménère needs moderate or warm climates to fully ripen or it can give vegetal and green notes to a wine. These wines tend to be medium-bodied, with red fruit and spice characteristics, however brawnier, more robust examples are possible when given proper care in the vineyard.

Puemo is a highly regarded sub-appellation of the Cachapoal Valley. Following the corridor formed by the Cachapoal River, it is inland from the cool Pacific Ocean, allowing for more moderate temperatures than the coast. Its elevation and proximity to the high peaks of the Andes mean that there are huge diurnal temperature drops in the evenings to ensure acid balance. Most of the rains fall during the cool winter months, with frequent periods of drought during the extended growing season. The soils here have a fair amount of clay, with solid water retention, allowing wineries to dry farm if they wish to put the care in. Many of the finest examples of Carménère in the world can be found in this tiny appellation, as the long warm days and cool evenings allow for the long hang times needed to fully ripen these grapes.

Started in 1824, the Estate vineyards have been carefully mapped and observed in order to maximize the terroir. Sitting on alluvial soils of granite and sand, with clay, they are maintained ecologically, without pesticides, and farmed using organic principles.

Hand-selected bunches from the best old vines in the Don Manuel Estate Vineyard. Fermented in stainless steel to preserve primary fruit, with daily pumpovers, followed by a year in French oak barrels. Bottled unfiltered.

Wine Type: Red

Variety: Carménère

Classification: D.O.

Orientation: N/A

Appellation: Puemo

Gradient: N/A

Soil: Aluvial, sandy, clay and granite

Farming Practices: Sustainable, with organic principles

Residual Sugar: N/A

Alcohol: 13.5

Malolactic: Yes

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: N/A

Other Practices: Sustainable