Caliterra Tributo Single Vineyard Carmenere 2017
Chile / Colchagua Valley
Andy's Tasting Notes
This grape variety, Carmenere, is sometimes referred to as Merlot on steroids! This is because of its rich and robust yet smooth style. This has a lot going on for its price.
On the nose, spicy aromas stand out, such as roasted red bell pepper, black pepper and strawberries in syrup. Soft floral notes, reminiscent of violets appear. By the end of the bouquet, subtle notes of bitter chocolate, dried tobacco leaves and dry earth can be appreciated. Upon tasting soft and silky tannins are displayed, with great vitality and textures, a common characteristic of the wines of the valley.
Vintage – The 2017 vintage gave sophisticated wines with a beautiful balance of fruit concentration, structure and depth mainly due to the season’s particularly low yields. Notably healthy conditions in the vines and bright acidity helped to preserve the fresh fruit style of Caliterra’s winemaking, allowing for remarkable concentration and structure and lively fruit flavours.
86% fermented in stainless steel and 14% in old oak barrels. 100% of the wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels: 21% in new barrels 6% in barrels of 2nd use 73% in barrels of 3rd to 5th use
Price per bottle £13.95 £10.85
Caliterra was established in 1996 as a joint venture between the families of Robert Mondavi and Viña Errazuriz. In January 2004 Viña Errazuriz became the sole owners of Caliterra, at the heart of which is the impressive 1000ha Caliterra Estate.
The name Caliterra is taken from ‘Calidad’ Spanish for quality and ‘Tierra’ – land. The wine making philosophy of Caliterra is to produce environmentally friendly, quality wines in the heart of the Colchagua Valley. The focus is around the Caliterra estate in Colchagua where 288ha are currently under vine. Crucially a large proportion of this estate, and all new plantings, are on prime hillside sites resulting in high quality fruit and complex wines.
Over the past few years, Caliterra has pioneered a move to sustainable wine production with the country’s leading consultant. The four pillars of this approach are sustainable viticulture, community commitment, environmental preservation and eco friendly packaging.
Rodrigo Zamorano, Chief Winemaker
Rodrigo graduated from the University of Chile with a degree in agricultural Engineering, specialising in Oenology. He then undertook his National Diploma of Oenology from the ‘Office International de la Vigne et du Vin’ (OIV) in France, before returning to Chile and taking up a post with the Errazuriz Group. Rodrigo has worked his way up to the position of Chief Winemaker at Caliterra marking himself out as a young winemaker to watch.
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