Multi-flavored Carmenère from Colchagua shows best when processed with extended oak contact. Again we utilize our break-through, two-stage oaking system. Hungarian oak shavings are introduced at the start of fermentation, then lightly toasted Hungarian oak cubes are used for further extraction during the post-fermentation stage.
The oaks together add surprisingly soft tannins, subtle toast and vanilla which provide a terrific back-drop to the aromas and flavors of blackberry, black cherry, tropical fruit, and spice from the grapes.With age, notes of coffee, mocha, and tobacco can be expected along with a mineral tang that forms as part of the lengthy finish.
The wine is medium to full-bodied with bright ruby color. Its charm will begin to show after six months of cellaring, and it should continue to develop for at least two years.
CRUSHED GRAPE PACKS
Cellar Craft uses over 12 pounds of virgin, varietal grapes to produce "Crushed Grape Packs” for true, on-the-skins fermentation in its Showcase reds. All of the natural skins and solids from variety-specific grapes are captured for extra extraction of aromatics, flavor, tannin, color and body during the fermentation stage.
Ready to bottle in six to eight weeks.
18 liter kit produces 23 liters (6 gallons) of wine.
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