Carmen Stevens Carmenere 2020

Carmen Stevens Carmenere 2020

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Grapes for the Carménère 2020 are grown in the Wellington wine region from a single vineyard block consisting of 8 rows. All 8 rows were hand-picked at optimal ripeness levels and transported in 20kg boxes to ensure it reaches the cellar in an optimum condition. Berry sorted to ensure all the fruit is in perfect condition before the fermentation was initiated. Due to limited fruit and therefore limited blending options, spontaneous fermentation was decided on to add to the palate feel of the final wine. The fruit was fermented in open barrels of which 50% were new barrels. The fermented juice was drawn off twice a day and then slowly percolated over the skins to minimize the extraction of greener herby aromas and flavours. This action also adds oxygen to stabilise colour and help soften the tannin structure. The wine was matured in 50% new French oak and 50% older oak for 15 months before bottling. Bottled at 14%. (Bottle size 750ml)

Nose: The wine shows a fullness of ripe red figs, and ripe black currant berries fused with a herby sage aroma.

Palate: The palate entrance is soft and flows to a fresh lime feel that cuts through a dense mid-palate. Dark chocolate flavours, ripe plums, and red figs flavours are supported by the depth of the palate.

Finish: A beautiful balance of ripe smooth tannins, ripe berry fruit with well-integrated oak that lingers with a lime fresh aspect.


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Carmen Stevens Carmenere 2020