Arte Noble – Merlot

Estate: Requingua
Sub-region: Curico Valley
Soil: Sandy loam
Alcohol: 13.5%
Total acidity: 4.5 g/L
Residual sugar 2 g/L

Climate
Warm temperate climate with a Mediterranean rainfall regime and a wide range between daytime and nighttime temperatures, resulting from the proximity of the Pacific Ocean (80 kilometers, or 50 miles) and the Andes mountains (50 kilometers, or 37 miles). Requingua — Corner of the Winds in the indigenous Mapundungun language — receives coastal breezes during the afternoon that help keep summer temperatures moderate. Annual precipitation averages about 600 millimeters, or 23.6 inches, concentrated in the winter months.

Soil:
This Merlot is made starting with grapes from parcels in the Requingua estate’s Monte sector , characterized by deep and very rocky soil of sandy loam.

Viniculture
Age of vines: 15 years
Vine management system: Trellis
Density: 3,330 plants/hectare (1,350 plants/acre)
Yield: 14 tons/hectare (5.7 metric tons/acre)
Harvest method: Hand picking, with double selection in vineyard, in the first week of April.

Vinification
Maceration: 12-14 days.
Extraction: Traditional pumping-over.
Fermentation: Starts with active dry yeast (Bayanus); temperature 25-28 degrees Celsius (77-82 Fahrenheit).
Aging: Wine conserved on its lees in stainless steel vats with French oak staves for 6 months.

Tasting Notes
Appearance: Bright, deep red color.
Nose: Intense nose of plum, hazelnut and cacao.
In mouth: Medium bodied, with velvety evolution; chocolate aromas in finish.
Pairing recommendation: Stewed chicken.

 

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