Tabali Reserva Carmenère
Deep red, almost black with hints of violet. Elegant and complex on the nose, with plenty of spice, black fruit and chocolate. With smooth tannins on the palate there is perfect integration between oak and fruit, followed by a long and elegant finish.
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This Chilean classic has perfect integration between fruit and oak. Deep red, almost black with hints of violet. Elegant and complex on the nose, with plenty of spice, black fruit and chocolate. With smooth tannins on the palate there is perfect integration between oak and fruit, followed by a long and elegant finish. Situated in one of the northernmost vineyard regions in Chile, approaching the edge of the Atacama Desert, Tabalí commands a unique location in the heart of the Limarí Valley. The local ‘Camanchaca’ fog blankets the Limarí area each morning, and afternoon coastal breezes bring cool air which moderates the ripening of the grapes. The result is a range of truly distinctive wines with elegance, restraint and minerality. The dynamic young team lead by Felipe Muller (winemaker) and Hector Rojas (viticulturalist) have already scooped a cabinet full of the wine world’s most prestigious trophies. Tabali Chardonnay is widely regarded as one of Chile’s finest but we would also single out their Shiraz (IWC Gold and 2 Decanter trophy’s in 2007) as one of the emerging stars from this new region, with its fine structure and peppery black olive fruit profile. Tabalí has the honour of stewardship of the Limarí Valley’s most significant archaeological sites, the mystical ‘Valle del Encanto’ (‘Enchanted Valley’) which borders their vineyards. A sacred site of the ancient Molle and Diaguita culture, the many rock drawings and carved Tacita stones depict an ancient way of life. The Tabalí mask logo has been taken from one of these rock carvings, which can only be seen at certain times of day when the sun’s alignment makes them magically appear. The vines are planted in the oldest alluvial terrace of the Limarí river, the soil profile is a mix a gravels of different sizes, clay and sand, with high concentrations of active calcium carbonates (limestone) and different type of salts, due to the very little amount of rainfall per year (70 – 100 mm) in the area. This geological condition makes this place unique in Chile in terms of the soil formation and composition. From the pruning to the harvest, all vineyard work was supervised by the viticulture and winemaking team in order to produce the best quality fruit possible. The fruit was handpicked and them placed in 20kg cases so there is no breakage of the grapes, the picking started the first week of June, at its optimal phenolic maturity, then underwent through a very careful selection of bunches and after they were destalked a selection of grapes was also carried out. The fermentation was in small stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. The maceration took place after the alcoholic fermentation. The wine was aged for 12 month in 50% French oak and 50% American oak barrels. Food Recommendations:- Great with hearty stews, barbecued meat and fish and rich pasta dishes.