Deep dark red in the glass. The nose highlights ripe cherries, red berries, vanilla and herbal, smoky characters. On the palate, a touch of pepper mingles with dark chocolate and spicy notes. Medium-bodied, this Carmenère has a long finish.
Viña Chocalan is a relatively small, family owned producer situated in the Melipilla area of the Maipo Valley. The Selección wines are sealed with screwcap to retain their natural purity and freshness, while the Reserva wines are a step up in depth and concentration. The estate is tucked away between the Andes and the Coastal Mountain range. The land was not planted with vines until one of Chile’s leading viticulturalists, Eduardo da Silva, discovered the site and advised the Toro family to establish Chocalan’s vineyards there. Today, the wines are made by Fernando Espina. The proximity of the 80 hectares of vineyards to the Pacific Ocean ensures that the heat of the warm days is mitigated by the cool sea breezes that are funnelled down the valley at night. Good acidity levels are retained in the grapes and the longer ripening period ensures more elegant, less jammy wines as a result. The vines are planted on the hillsides close to the Maipo river, on a mix of well drained granitic, chalky and clay loam soils.