The technical teams at Viña Los Vascos took nearly three years to develop Los Vascos Carmenere Grande Reserve. Special attention was devoted to the Carmenère variety, which has almost disappeared from its native France but is now a flagship grape in Chile.
The main objective was to pick the grapes at perfect ripeness, by controlling irrigation and yields and through a selective harvest. The resulting wine charms with its ripe fruit and spicy aromas, some of which are evocative of Chilean cuisine.
- Carmenère 100%
This season was marked by the high temperatures that set in rather early and forced us to harvest some 20 days early compared to the previous year. The winter was not very rainy (300 mm, approximately), considering that precipitation in a normal year hovers around 600 mm. The spring was rather hot, with a peak temperature of 30ºC, which is quite unusual. The high temperatures continued all along the summer, which is normal, however, the nights were unusually hot. Interestingly, this year we had 330 hours with temperatures higher than 30ºC compared to 164 the year before.
The harvest started on March 22 and ended on April 20.
Beautiful bright ruby colour. The nose reveals aromas of cherry, blackberry, and blueberry. Notes of black pepper, ripe red bell pepper, black olive, paprika, smoked chili powder, thyme, and bay leaf can be discerned in this Carmenère. The palate offers loads of chocolate truffles, roasted chestnuts and cherry liqueur. The tannin is forward and persistent. Unmistakably a Carmenère.
Serving temperature : 15 to 17 °C
- 100 % Carmenère
This year was particularly normal in terms of conditions. A rainy winter was followed by a spring that brought warm days, with average temperatures of 33ºC, and cold nights. The summer months proved ideal for this grape variety, with very high temperatures of up to 39°C which, combined with good canopy and water stress management, helped the grapes to develop the harmonious, elegant tannins for which the variety is renowned.
This bright ruby-colored Carmenère has an intense, rich, fruit-scented nose of cherries, redcurrants, and plums with hints of black and pink pepper, red bell pepper, green olives and cinnamon. The palate offers generous notes of cocoa and cherry liqueur, accompanied by copious, lingering tannins. A remarkably fine expression of the Carmenère grape.
- 100% Carménère
The weather during this vintage corresponded to the usual conditions for the region. After a rainy winter, the spring was characterized by warm days (33°C) and cool nights. The summer months were also rather hot with temperatures sometimes reaching 39°C in January and February. These conditions, combined with effective management of the vegetation and some water stress, helped to produce grapes with elegant, harmonious tannins, characteristic of this grape variety.
TASTING NOTES (at bottling)
Beautiful, intense ruby red colour. The nose opens with notes of red fruit such as cherries, blackberries, pomegranates and plums, followed by aromas of black pepper, red pepper, black olives, grilled vegetables, cinnamon, cedar and smoked chilli pepper. On the palate, notes of bitter chocolate and cherry liqueur emerge. The tannins are supple and pleasant, revealing good persistence. A wine that expresses all the characteristics of the grape and the terroir.
- 100% Carmenère
Climate conditions were most unusual in 2014. Spring frosts resulted in fewer bunches, which in turn translated into higher grape quality and superb concentration, as it could be observed at harvest time. The unusual conditions and the extensive work conducted at the vineyard, including early leaf plucking and thorough irrigation control to monitor water stress resulted in elegant fruit of the highest quality.
TASTING NOTES (at bottling):
Deep, intense ruby red. Fruit aromas like cherry, blackberry and ripe plum on a background of roasted hazelnuts, black pepper, ripe red bell pepper, puréed black olives, and roasted eggplant.
Notes of dark chocolate, cherry liqueur, and black olive on the palate that harmonically combine with forward, elegant and persistent tannins.
As a whole, an amazing communion of fruit and spices that helps the wine express its personality and typicity to the fullest.
- 100% Carmenère
The highlight of this season was the very hot summer, particularly January, February, and March. Temperatures dropped in April and May, which delayed the Carmenère harvest by a week compared to the previous season. Furthermore, the annual rainfall increased by 123 mm compared to 2012, mostly due to unusually high rainfall of 76.3 mm in December. Strict control of the automatic irrigation system and rigorous canopy management helped to produce grapes of outstanding quality that faithfully express this variety’s unique characteristics.
TASTING NOTES (AT BOTTLING)
Deep, intense ruby red color. Expressive nose with red fruit such as ripe black cherries and blackberries, combined with hints of candied fruit, black pepper, ripe green pepper, artichoke hearts, and eggplant antipasto, which enhance the unparalleled character and typicity of this Carmenère.
Consistent with the nose, the palate features notes of bitter chocolate, cherry liqueur, and fresh blueberries that accompany the elegant tannins, adding complexity to the mouthfeel, and turning this wine ino a truly enlightening experience.
- 100% Carmenère
2012 was characterized by unusual weather conditions with 409 mm of rain, corresponding to barely 58% of the normal annual average. However, these conditions helped to control the natural vigour of the Carmenère vines.
The technical team analysed the various operations likely to strengthen the grape variety’s true identity. In particular, leaf removal and management of water stress helped to achieve satisfactory ripeness and pleasingly fresh fruit.
The harvest took place between 26 April and 10 May, Carmenère being a late-ripening variety.
Tasting notes (at bottling)
Beautiful purple crimson colour.
The grape variety’s characteristics are reflected in the expression of fruit such as cherries, blackberries and plums. The nose offers notes of black pepper and bay, with hints of coffee, bitter chocolate, mint and nutmeg. On the palate, the attack is gentle, deep, balanced and seductive.
This wine reveals the full potential of the Carmenère grape.
Enjoy with cheese, pasta or meat.