The vineyards destined for Purple Angel are located in the Marchigüe and Apalta sectors of the Colchagua Valley. The soils are of granitic origin and vary in their clay content, amount of organic matter, depth, and especially in the types of stones of fluvial and glacial origin, which reflects the tremendous diversity of soils in our vineyards.

98 Points
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2019 vintage
94 Points
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2019 vintage
Harvest Note
The season began with a mild winter and precipitation totaling close to 13 inches in Apalta. Irrigation began later in the season thanks to a cool, rainy spring that allowed winemakers to reserve more water for the summer season. Summer was dry in the Colchagua Valley, without any precipitation to endanger the health of the grapes, and also warm enough that there was no damage to the vines or the grapes. Thanks to the conditions of hydric stress between fruit set and veraison, the size of the grapes was limited, creating a good ratio of skin to pulp, producing fruit with extraordinary color, concentration, tannic richness, and very good aromas. There was no rain in March and April, which allowed winemakers to wait for complete phenological ripeness, without the presence of disease that could have affected the quality of the wine. The year presented no adverse weather events, producing healthy, quality grapes that in turn gave clean musts of great potential. There were no setbacks to ripening in the Colchagua Valley, and the Carmenère grapes ripened slowly; winemakers were able to achieve the desired results thanks to a long, dry season in the Valley, ideal for this variety.
Tasting Note
Aromas of fresh fruit such as blackberry, blueberry, red plum and ripe cherry followed by bakery notes as well as subtle spice.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with red meat, rosemary lamp chops, pork ribs, or cannelloni.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 92% Carmenère, 8% Petit Verdot
PH: 3.5
ACIDITY: 3.55 g/l
ABV: 14.5%
AGING: 80% of this wine was aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels, and 20% aged in second-use French oak barrels.
Unique Selling Points
  • Recognised as the best Chilean Carmenère, described as a “wine from another planet”
  • Variety only reappeared in 1993, after it was thought to be extinct for 200 years
  • Aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months
  • Well-structured and soft on the palate, with ample tannins
  • Vineyards in Apalta, Colchagua Valley

About the Grape

Carmenère
Carmenère has spicy red berry aromas and black plum flavors, with a pronounced leafy and green bell pepper edge, and notes of grilled meat and coffee.
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