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Sierra Grande Merlot - Central Valley

Chile

Sierra Grande Merlot - Central Valley - Red

£7.75 per bottle

Half case: £44.18
Full case: £83.70

In stock

Production

Our long standing working 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 into the Andes Mountains in a western corner of Curico. Their vineyards sit around 500 metres above sea level (masl), a far higher altitude than the majority of Curico’s main valley which lies around 250masl. Vines are between 40 and 60 years old and part of a 45ha estate where peaches and apples are also grown. The vines are unirrigated and the vineyard is cool with a unique rocky mountain soil and glacial streams. At this elevated height and proximity to the mountains, Merlot enjoys 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 centre of the Curico valley. The warm temperature and fertile soils allows Merlot to flourish here. Grapes are harvested during the coolest part 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 and 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 with peppery spice and a touch of tabacco leaf. The palate is juicy and fresh with soft red fruits and a hint of green pepper. A really easy drinking Merlot.

 

Food match

Great food wine, serve with a juicy steak, savoury lamb casseroles, herby sausages or a char-grilled vegetable lasagne.

 

Awards

2017 Vintage

Catavinum 2018 - Silver

2015 Vintage

IWSC 2016 - Bronze

2014 Vintage

Catavinum 2016 - Silver

 

DETAILS

  • ABV - 12.5%

  • CASE/BOTTLE SIZE - 6 x 75cl

  • REGION/COUNTRY - VALLE CENTRAL, CHILE

  • GRAPE - MERLOT 100%

  • FEATURES - VEGETARIAN, VEGAN

  • CLOSURE - SCREWCAP

  • ALLERGEN INFO - CONTAINS SULPHITES AND NO OTHER ALLERGENS

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