Carmenere   $19.95   Keep for 5 to 7 years.  16 to 18 °C   Introduced from France in the 1800s, Carmenere has developed a unique personality in the terroir. of Chile, which is today the only significant source of this uncommon varietal grape. The MontGras vineyards, located in the Colchagua Valley, are in the heart of the Chilean wine country. The climate is typically Mediterranean, favouring the production of rich concentrated red wines.




Appearance :Deep red to purple. Aromas :Blackberries, plums capsicum and soya sauce. Flavours :Full body, round elegant tannins. Balance between acidity and sweetness of alcohol. Oak tannins very well integrated with soft coffee been taste. Medium to long finish.


Varietal Composition:86% Carmenere,8% Malbec,6% Cabernet Sauvignon


Appellation :Colchagua Vineyards :88% MontGras, San Jose Estate; 12% Linderos, Maipo Valley Trellis System:Lyre, Vertical shoot positioning, GDC & Pergola Soil Type :Clay Loam Age of Vines :10 - 25 years


Vinification Process


Harvest Date :Grapes were handpicked and selected the first week of May, 2004. Cold Soaking :3 days Yeast PDM Fermentation Temperature :Between 25º and 32º C Pump . Overs:2 - 3 per day & 3 Rack & Returns (Delestages) Total Skin Contact:20 days Filtration :Earth, pad and sterile bottling


Ageing Process


Wine / Blend in Oak:85% Time in Oak :9 months Type of Oak :100% French light toasting Age of Oak :16% new, 60% second use




Alcohol:13.9% Residual Sugar:3.2 gr/lt Total Acidity :4.5 gr/lt (as tartaric acid) PH:3.83 Cases Produced :13,000 Pairing : Winemaker's Comments - Sven Bruchfeld:These days, most people agree that Carmenere has established itself as Chile's flagship variety. We believe Carmenere should not necessarily taste just like plain capsicum and pepper.  /images/wine_images/deGras-Carmenere-bottle.jpg /images/wine_images/deGras-Carmenere-label.jpg