Don Luis

Don Luis - Merlot

This wine shows all the varietal character of Merlot. The emphasis is placed in maintaining the vivid character derived from the vineyards. It’s a Merlot without wood, very fruity and well balanced.

Technical Data

  • Maipo Valley
  • Varietal Composition: Merlot
  • Total Acidity: 5,12 g/l
  • pH: 3,49
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Residual Sugar: 2,43 g/l

Harmonies

It´s perfect to have with medium intensity preparations like stroganoff, spiced pasta or mushroom risotto. Excellent option as well to accompany with medium intensity cheese and cold cuts.

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Winemaker’s notes

The climate during season 2015-2016 was not usual comparing it with past years. The main effects were over the health of the grapes due to strong showers during April; a delay in the ripening period due to a cold spring; and lower general yield due to both conditions. All our wines are expected to develop very well ending up fresh and with good natural acidity. In the case of whites, they will show lower alcohol levels. In the case of reds, they will be elegant with flower notes and fruity. In general, we´ll get lower yields but high-quality wines, representatives of the climate conditions, origin and variety.

Winemaking

The grapes were ground immediately after harvesting. They were then subjected to a cold maceration of 3 to 5 days before fermentation, which lasted between 8 to 10 days. Selected yeasts were used at a fermenting temperature between 26°C and 28°C. After this it passed through a full malolactic fermentation, settled for 6 months in tanks and bottled.

Tasting notes

This Merlot has a bright, red and clear color. The aromas remind us to strawberry, soft mint, pepper and ginger. It has an intense mouthfeel, presenting medium to high acidity, round tannins and long persistence.
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