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ALBIS

2016

Grape Variety

81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Carménère

Origin

Haras de Pirque own vineyards in Maipo-Andes Valley. The vines were planted in 1992 and the parcels are continuously selected for the special flavors and ripeness of the fruit. Focus vineyard management to maximize grape quality. Yield average 5 tons/ha.

Vintage Conditions

The winter of 2016 began with temperatures below seasonal averages. A few light frosts during early spring slowed down the bud break without, however, compromising in any way either the total grape production or the final quality of the crop. Cool summer temperatures from December on assured a slow but steady ripening of the grapes on the vine. These climatic conditions, together with some light rainfall during the month of April and May, delayed the picking of the grape varieties cultivated on the estate, particularly the Carménère.

Vinification

The Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère crops, upon their arrival in the cellars, were fermented separately. A traditional fermentation was carried out after a five day cold maceration of the must on the skins in order to fully bring out the concentration and natural quality of the grapes. The period of skin contact in French oak fermenters during the fermentation lasted a full 20 days. As a next step the Cabernet Sauvignon was blended together with the Carménère during the month of December. Albis then aged for 18 months in 60 gallon (225 liter) French oak barrels.

Analysis

Alc./Vol. 14,5%
Residual Sugar 1,38 g/l
Total Acidity 5,0 g/l - pH 3,61
Total Acidity 5,0 g/l - pH 3,61

Tasting Notes

Albis expresses on the nose the typical aromas of the Maipo Andes Valley with its pleasurable notes of spice and graphite. The palate is supple and elegant with excellent length and persistence and a long and continuous finish and aftertaste.  It is a wine capable of giving its best in the years to come as well.