Primus Carmenère 2018
Primus Carmenère has aromas of red fruits, cedar and boldo herbs. The fresh and fruity palate offers cherry flavours with hints of pepper and rosemary. Silky mouthfeel with velvety tannins.
100% Carmenère. The fruit comes from vineyards in the old Tinguiririca river terraces, in the renowned Alpata region of Colchagua (45 kilometres east of the Pacific Ocean). The vineyards are south-facing with well-draining clay-loam soils and rock material. They experience a Mediterranean climate with well-defined seasons and rainfall concentrating in winter.
After a manual harvest, the grapes go through double selection. Maceration then begins in open stainless steel tanks with native yeasts. The skins remain after fermentation to give structure and soften its finish. After selecting the best blocks from the harvest, the wine is blended. Finally, it ages for 12 months in French oak barrels, 20% new.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES
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This refined red is filled with svelte dark currant, cherry tart and cranberry flavors that are supported by fresh acidity and tannins, with mocha accents on the minerally, well-structured finish. Drink now through 2025
The 2018 Carménère Primus is made with grapes from old vines planted on the Colchagua hillsides over 130 years ago. Having spent a year in used French oak barrels, it is a rich violet in color and offers intense aromas of blackberry jam, along with hints of white pepper. Full-bodied with mild acidity, the muscly, concentrated palate makes for an indulgent, enjoyable style. Drinking window: 2021 – 2026
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Produced by Alto de Casablanca, Primus 2018 is a full-bodied Chilean Carmenère fragrant with earthy florals, mixed dark berry and wild herb aromas, juicy with dark berry, violets, sage and thyme flavours with a spicy peppery finish. Nicely done. The Caménère vines for this wine are south facing along the Tinguiririca River.
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