|Varietal Composition||51% Grenache, 26% Mourvèdre y 23% Syrah|
|Alcohol||15 % Vol.|
Línea de Vinos Codegua
Varietal Composition: 51% Grenache, 26% Mourvèdre y 23% Syrah
Origin: Cachapoal Valley Estate Bottled
Alcohol: 14,9% Vol.
Residual Sugar: 2.5 g/l
Production: 6.000 bottles
Lagar de Codegua’s winery and vineyards are located at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Alto Cachapoal, at 600 meters a.s.l. The Cachapoal Valley has a Mediterranean climate, with a warm, dry growing season from September through May. Rain occurs principally in winter, between May and August, with annual totals of approximately 450 mm (17.7 in). One of the principal characteristics of the climate close to the Andes Mountains is the large difference in temperature between day and night, which can be more than 20ºC (36ºF). This temperature oscillation increases the color and flavors of the grapes, and therefore the wine, while maintaining the freshness.
The rocky alluvial soils are loamy in texture, and originated as the result of a landslide some 12,000 years ago during the last glacial period, with a landslide beginning in the mountains and ending in the valley, forming a table of deep soils with good drainage, allowing us to control the plant’s vigor and yield naturally.
The vineyard is planted principally with Cabernet Sauvignon (36 hectares) and Syrah (5 hectares), but there are a few experimental blocks planted with Malbec, Carmenère, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Grenache, and Mourvèdre with excellent results. The yield is 8.5 tons per hectare.
The grapes are handpicked and transported in boxes to the winery, where bunches are carefully destemmed and transferred to 800 liter bins, allowing every variety to be vinified separately. Taking advantage of the cooler air temperatures in May the grapes underwent a 5 day maceration followed by alcoholic fermentation at low temperatures. Daily punch downs were done including some crushing by foot, to ad extraction of color. Two weeks later the wine was pressed off. Malolactic fermentation and ageing was done over the course of 16 months in three to four year old barrels, to minimize oak flavors. After this period the three varieties were blended, the wine was bottled and left in our cellar for a further 6 months prior to release.
Fresh, aromatic, silky and round are the words that best describe this original blend. The generous red fruit flavors and intense mouthfeel of Grenache dominate, complemented by floral and spicy notes and structuring elements of Syrah and Mourvèdre. The wine has few tannins and gentle acidity, great volume in the mouth and a pleasant finish. To heighten the fresh fruit character, we recommend to serve this wine slightly chilled, at 12 -14ºC (54-58ºF).
This fruity medium bodied but structure wine, matches very well with different kind of food. Great partner for meat cooked in the oven, with vegetables or rice, a nice Mediterranean food. Very good accompaniment to soups: tomato, squash, onion. A buffalla salad as well as a mix of mature cheeses.