Valle Andino Merlot Reserva Especial
Valle Andino Merlot Reserva Especial has complex aromas of mild pepper spice, red berry fruits and a touch of smoke. Balanced and full of sweet plum and berry fruit on the palate, this integrates very nicely with the smokey oak, the juicy acidity and the ripe, unobtrusive tannins. The finish is elegant and lasting.
Region: Central Valley
Subregion: Maule Valley
Grape Variety: Merlot, Carmenère
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Supple and ripe
Drink With: Lamb biryani
Chile’s Maule Valley is one of the longest established and certainly the biggest wine production area of the Central Valley. Merlot thrives here, as this Reserva Especial bottling proves. The grapes were obtained from vineyards in the Maule Valley near to San Clemente Alto, a relatively cool area that allows Merlot to retain its vibrant acidity. To increase the depth of colour and the intensity of its dark fruit character, Valle Andino blends 10% of Carmenère with the Merlot, and about three quarters of the blend is finished in older oak barrels for 9 months prior to bottling.