Sierra Grande Merlot
Restrained and elegant with fresh bramble fruit flavours and hints of dark chocolate and spice, well-balanced with smooth tannins. This is a lovely example of cooler-climate Merlot and an excellent food wine.
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Elegant, well-made, cool-climate, mountain Merlot. Restrained and elegant with fresh bramble fruit flavours and hints of dark chocolate and spice, well-balanced with smooth tannins. This is a lovely example of cooler-climate Merlot and an excellent food wine. The Martin family who own the vineyard at the cool, hilly farm still only grows Sauvignon, Merlot, peaches and apples. They are of French extraction (of course) now forth generation Chilean and today work with winemaker Eric Monnin to create the style of the wine from the 40-60 year old vineyards. Elsewhere Eric Monnin has grown a close relationship with the aptly-named Hacienda Valle Frio, a beautiful 200 year old estate in the rocky,Riverine Maule Valley. Over the last 5 years Eric has worked closely with winemaker Rodrigo on extracting the very best expression of their mountainous site apparent in the Sierra Grande Chardonnay and Cabernet. Long standing working relationships with growers in the region enables the producers to source premium fruit, with the ultimate aim of making excellent quality Chilean house wines with true style and character. Vines are between 40 and 60 years old and part of a 45ha estate where peaches and apples are also grown. The vines are un-irrigated and the vineyard is cool with a unique rocky mountain soil and glacial streams. Grapes are harvested during the coolest part of the day to ensure they reach the winery in prime condition. Temperatures are kept fairly low throughout the winemaking process, to allow the grapes to express their natural fruit characters. No oak is used. Food Recommendations:-Great food wine, serve with a juicy steak, savoury lamb casseroles, herby sausages or a char-grilled vegetable lasagne.