The Carmenere grape was initially planted in Bordeaux, France and was used to create dark red wines. Carmenere is a cousin to the Cabernet variety and its name originates from the French word meaning crimson, which describes the vibrant colors of the variety’s leaves in the autumn. The grape is one of the oldest varieties in Eurpoe, and is thought to be a copy of Cabernet Sauvignon. This variety joins a list of six red wine grapes that originally come from the region of Bordeaux, France. The variety today cannot be easily found in France, and is now grown mainly in Chile. The region in Chile where Carmenere is planted boasts of almost 9,000 acres and makes Chile the largest producer of Carmenere wines. Cuttings of the variety were brought to Chile from Bordeaux in the 19th century and were often confused with Merlot. Although the variety is similar to Merlot, growers have managed to maintain the variety in Chile and continue to see the variety thriving. Carmenere is also grown in Italy, California and parts of the United States. This deep colored red wine has the aromas of red fruits, berries and light tannins. The variety is used mostly for blending and is perfect to drink when young.
Beautiful red fruit aromas. Supple and round in the mouth.
The wine pairs well with full flavored cheeses and lamb.
Pre-fermenting maceration at 15ºC for five days. Fermentation between 28º to 30ºC to get more color and structure for our Siegel Crucero Carmenere 2012. Four light pump-over are done daily. Post fermenting maceration for about two weeks. Then the juice was separated from the skins, which were pressed to extract more juice. 100% malolactic fermentation.
Aged 25% in American oak barrels for 3 months.
Fine deep color, with average plus density. A brooding quite intense nose: earthy, prunes and pronounced touch of violets. Entry quite firm and clear cut, with fine acidity and good fruit that adds supleness. Excellent balance. Very good with lots of character.
Pairs well with chicken, pasta, red meats, cheeses
Siegel Unique Selection Los Lingues Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is made from 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Carmenere and 25% Syrah.
Viña Siegel Unique Selection is the utmost expression of our best Los Lingues vineyards located in the Alto Colchagua region.
A deep violet colour. There are aromas of cassis and cherries with hints of spices, chocolate and violets. This wine is characterised by its complexity and harmony, with a robust tannic structure.
Pairs with red meats and strong cheeses.
After carefully selecting the optimum harvest date, the grapes are hand selected, then they are de-stemmed and cold macerated for 5-6 days. Alcoholic fermentation occurs at 26-29°C, during this period pump overs are performed daily at the winemaker’s discretion. Post-fermentative maceration occurs for 2 to 3 weeks. The wine is smoothly clarified. Cold stabilisation only occurs when necessary.
"A red with iodine, hints of dried tea and dark fruits. Full body plus a beautiful core of fruit and silky tannins. Drink or hold."
James Suckling (August 2014), 92 pts
Siegel Gran Crucero Limited Edition 2011 is made from 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Carmenere and 25% Syrah
A deep purple color. There are aromas of cassis and cherries with hints of spices, chocolate and violets. This wine exhibits complexity and finesse which is in perfect harmony with its structure, with a very long finish.
The grapes are carefully hand picked, selected and taken to the crusher where the stems are separated. They are placed in stainless steel tanks for cold maceration for 5 to 6 days. Temperature is carefully raised to start fermentation at 24ºC and 28ºC in order to keep varietal aromas. During the initial fermentation, a daily pump over is done and when fermentation is finished part of the wine is left in post fermenting maceration for 2 to 3 weeks; it is then separated from the skins and pressed. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrels (10% American and 90% French), where the wine stays for about 16 months. Finally a soft clarification and a cold stabilization when necessary are done.
Herbal, briary berry aromas are minty and suggestive of olive. The mouthfeel is plump and juicy, while herbal blackberry and black currant flavors finish with a blast of toast and mint. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Syrah is quintessentially Chilean in aromas, flavors and intensity. Drink through 2020. - 91 Points Wine Enthusiast