14.08.13

Grey By Name, But With A Sunny Disposition!

Forget carpe diem - carpe summer 2013's sunshine while you can, fire up the barbie again and enjoy a glass of Viña Ventisquero's tobacco and black pepper scented Grey Carmenere 2010 with your chargrilled steak, lamb or venison.

Viña Ventisquero is fortunate to own vineyards in all of Chile's key wine producing regions.  The Grey range is a collection of single block wines, crafted by Head Winemaker Felipe Tosso to tell the tale of their individual terroir.  "I really want these wines to be the true expression of their origin," explains Felipe.  "In 2008 we went right back to the beginning, undertook extensive soil mapping of each of the single blocks, and divided them into small parcels depending on soil type.  I now vinify each parcel separately, then blend them all back together to create these single block wines."

Very much a labour of love, Felipe works the vineyards, selects the fruit, controls fermentation and oversees the ageing regime for each of the Grey range.  The 100% Carmenere grapes for this wine come from VV's oldest 'Trinidad' vineyards in the coastal Maipo Valley.   Vines were planted 15 years ago, and the loamy clay soils with their high permeability have proved ideal for Carmenere as they enhance the characteristics of Chile's flagship varietal and lend an elegant expression.

The grape clusters were manually harvested and underwent a low-temperature maceration to extract maximum colour and aromas.  Fermentation then took place in stainless steel, and the wine was subsequently aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (1/3 first use) before a further 8 months' ageing in bottle.

Further information: Cordelia / t 020 8747 9592.