Sierra Grande Merlot, 2017

A juicy and fresh Chilean Merlot.


100% Merlot

SKU: CHF031 Category:
How it's made

Our long standing relationships with growers enable us to source premium fruit, with the ultimate aim of making excellent quality Chilean entry level wines with true style and character. 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 in the Andes Mountains in a western corner of Curico. Their vineyards sit at around 500m above sea level, a far higher altitude than the majority of Curico's main valley, which lies at around 250m above sea level. Their vines are between 40 and 60 years old and apart of a nearly 110 acre estate, where peaches and apples are also grown on. The vines are unirrigated and the vineyard is cool with a unique rocky mountain soil and glacial streams. At this elevation and proximity to the mountains, Merlot grapes enjoy 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 center of the Curico Valley. The warm temperature and fertile soils allow the Merlot grapes to flourish here. Grapes are harvested during the coolest parts 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, 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

Aromas of plums and cherries mixed in with a peppery spice with a touch of tobacco leaf. The palate is juicy and fresh, with soft red fruits and a hint of green pepper. This is a really easy drinking Merlot.

Food Match

A truly great 'food' wine. Serve with a juicy steak, savory lamb casseroles, herby sausages or a char-grilled vegetable lasagna.

Allergens

Contains sulfites and no other allergens

ABV

12.50%

Appellation

Valle Central

Region / Country

Chile, Valle Central

Winemaker

Guillaume Letang

Closure

Screwcap

Case / Bottle Size

12 x 750ml

Bottle Barcode

3430560010732

Case Weight

31.57 lbs.

Case Barcode

23430560010736

Capsule Type

Aluminum

Pallet Details

70 cases per pallet / 5 layers