- Colchagua Valley
- Caliterra Estate
- 53% Syrah
- 43% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 4% Viognier
- 14.5% by volume
- Final pH:
- Total Acidity:
- 6.37 g/l (tartaric acid)
- Residual Sugar:
- 1.9 g/l
Every month of the growing season registered decreases in average temperatures-as much as 18.4% lower than the historic average in April and 3% less in January, the warmest month of the year. As a result, it was a real challenge to reach the correct level of maturation, especially because the season began with an 11-13 day delay in phenological stages of the plants. And at 1,538 Degree Days, the heat summation was also 175 DD lower than the previous season and 9.5% lower than the historic average. The Colchagua Valley therefore had one of the greatest decreases in average temperatures and heat summation during the 2009-2010 seasons.
This wine is a deep, dark red in color with ruby at the rim.
Very complex on the nose, featuring fresh aromas of forest fruits such as raspberries and black currants accompanied by spicy notes of cinnamon, cloves, and tobacco leaf, complemented by elegant notes of coffee. The Viognier makes its elegant presence felt near the finish with notes of white flowers and citrus.
The palate impresses with its elegance, vivacity, and tremendous volume, and barrel aging lends still more elegance and persistence, which suggests that this wine has tremendous cellaring potential
Fermentation and Aging
The grapes that went into this wine were hand picked into plastic boxes, destemmed, gently pressed, and deposited into stainless steel tanks. Fermentation took place at 26º-28ºC (79º-82ºF), and the new wine was left on its skins-30 days for the Syrah and 25 days for Cabernet Sauvignon to enhance its complexity and obtain a pleasing and intense structure. After malolactic fermentation, the final blend was aged for 16-18 months in 100% French oak barrels. The wine was racked 5 times during the aging process to separate it from its lees, and was lightly filtered before bottling.
Now in its fifth vintage, our 2010 Edición Limitada blend shows the maturity we have achieved with it, giving rise to a wine loaded with elegance and power. We slightly increased the amount of Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage, but maintained Syrah as the dominant variety. The weather was cooler during the 2010 season, and both the Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon show tremendous aromatic intensity, with floral notes and fresh fruit that led us to slightly reduce the amount of Viognier in the blend.