Estate: Yerbas Buenas
Sub-region: Maule Valley
Soil: Sandy loam
Age of vines: 8 years
Vine management system: Trellis
Density: 3,330 plants/hectare (1,350 plants/acre)
Yield: 12 tons/hectare (4.9 metric tons/acre)
Harvest method: Hand picking, with double selection in vineyard, in the second half of March.
The Yerbas Buenas estate is in an area close to the Andes Mountains with a warm temperate climate. The influence of the mountains is revealed in the lowest temperature average of Chile’s Central Valley region. Annual rainfall averages about 800 millimeters (32 inches), almost all in the winter months.
Shallow alluvial soils of sandy loam, brownish-gray, rocky; subsoil composed of boulders and rounded rocks in sandy matrix.
Maceration: 14-16 days.
Extraction: Traditional pumping-over and punching.
Fermentation: Starts with active dry yeast (Bayanus)
Temperature: 18-20 degrees Celsius (64-68 Fahrenheit.
Aging: Wine aged over its lees in contact with French oak for 6 months.
Appearance: Cherry-colored with red highlights.
Nose: Intense nose of strawberry, clove, coffee and toast.
In mouth: Full mouth feel, spicy, with smoky, with toasting notes in the finish.
Pairing recommendation: Pork loin with wine sauce.