The vineyards that produce our Alpha Carmenère are located in two very important zones of the Colchagua Valley—Apalta and Marchigüe.
- Apalta is diverse, with some areas strongly influenced by the proximity of the Tinguiririca River and others by rainwater and eroded material from the mountain above. The soil tends to be deeper on the plain and shallower at the foot of the mountains and in higher areas. Carmenère vineyards are better planted where the soil is deeper and has moderate moisture retention.
- Marchigüe is flatter, with gentler hills. Its soil is shallow, in some places no more than 60 cm deep, with medium clay content and a high capacity for water retention. The Carmenère vineyards are located in the lower areas that are deep and have high moisture retention.
Our vineyards have a density of 5,555 plants per hectare (2,250 ton/acre) and are double guyot trained for an approximate yield of 9,000 kg/ha (3,6 ton/acre). Leaves closest to the bunches are removed in early January, leaving the grapes completely exposed, to achieve even ripening and good levels of acidity and phenolic potential.
Denomination of Origin: Colchagua Valley
Clone selection: Carmenère: massal selection
Filtering: Cartridge filtered prior to bottling.
Vineyard Yields: 7 ton/hectare (2.8 ton/acre).
Grape Varieties: 90% Carmenère; 10% Cabernet Sauvignon .
Barrel Ageing: 55% of the wine was aged for 12 months in first-, second-, and third-use barrels.
Total Acidity (H2SO4): 3.19 g/L
Volatile Acidity (C2H4O2): 0.6 g/L
Residual Sugar: 3.8 g/L
Free SO2: 0.029 g/L
Cellaring Recommendations: May be enjoyed now or cellared for 10 or more years.
Recommended Serving Temperature: 17º–19ºC / 63º–66ºF
Decanting: Recommended for 30 minutes.
Food Pairing: Highly recommended with red meats, spaghetti with Bolognese sauce, and lamb chops with a red wine and mushroom sauce.