The Carmenere grape, a variety originally from Bordeaux, has survived miraculously for more than a century in Chile where for many years it was confused with Merlot. 15 years ago in Panquehue, Von Siebenthal planted Carmenere on the granitic soil of the slopes of Orocoipo hill, today its Gran Reserva embodies a high degree of complexity and delicacy.
Colour: Deep red
Nose: Concentrated with intense aromas and flavours but smooth and spicy. On the nose are ripe, sweet plums and blackberries with hints of blackcurrant, eucalyptus, smoky paprika and dark chocolate.
Palate: Concentrated fruit flavours include blueberry and blackberry plus that same hint of smoky spice and chocolate. The alcohol and tannins are integrated well resulting in a very smooth texture. If you slurp in some air the layers of flavours will unfold in the mouth. This is a complex, medium-bodied wine that is very easy to drink on its own or with hearty food; this wine will not fade in the presence of hot spices and dishes such as chilli con carne. Also beef and lamb casseroles. Very drinkable – enjoy!
Grape Varieties: Carmenère 85%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%
Ageing: 12 mths Oak barrel aging
History of Von Siebenthal
The philosophy behind Viña von Siebenthal is similar to that of the Bordeaux chateaux; vineyards, cellar and house blend together harmoniously to facilitate the creation of an exceptional wine.
Viña von Siebenthal’s four main vineyards are in the historical wine-growing area of Panquehue, in the Aconcagua Valley. This is a very small sub-apellation of the Aconcagua Valley in Chile and one of the most exclusive and prestigious areas in Chile for the production of red and white Bordeaux varietes. This is a semi desert area half way between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. This ideal climate ensures excellent phyto-sanitary conditions.
For the Merlot and the Cabernet Franc it is the cool clay-limestone soil of the plains, while the warm sandy, stony soil of the hills is ideally suited for the Cabernet Sauvignon, the Syrah, the Carmenère and the Petit Verdot.