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La Zouch Coffee House Restaurant & Cellars, 2 Kilwardby Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 2FQ
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The grapes were destemmed into a press without crushing and macerated for 4–6 hours at 10ºC to extract aromatic precursors and flavours contained in the skins and to increase  the  sensation  of  oiliness  perceived  in  the  final  wine.  

The  juice  was  later  drained  and  decanted  for  36–48 hours at 8ºC before the clean must is transferred to stainless steel tanks for fermentation at a range of temperatures (14º–18ºC) to obtain different aromatic profiles and different characteristics on the palate.

Winery information:

Viu Manent was founded in 1935 by Catalan immigrant Miguel Viu Garcia and his sons Agustin and Miguel Viu Manent. They are one of the longest established producers in the region. Initially the family focused on a negociant wine business however, in 1966 they fulfilled a long held ambition and bought the Hacienda San Carlos de Cunaco and the vineyards in the Colchagua Valley from which they had long sourced their wines. The estate included 150 hectares of noble, pre-phylloxera vines.

Today their passion for their family heritage and stewardship of the land drives them to produce wines with character that express their origin and individual growing season. Their vineyards are all located in the renowned Colchagua Valley and cover 260 hectares over 3 locations: San Carlos, La Capilla and El Olivar. They also source grapes from selected Casablanca vineyards for some of their white wines.

The Region

The Colchagua Valley

The Colchagua Valley is located in the southern most portion of the Rapel Valley in central Chile.  It is approximately 140 kilometres south of Santiago and is one of Chile’s most well known wine regions particularly for its full-bodied Syrah, Malbec, Carménère and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Colchagua is a transversal valley running east-west and follows the course of the Tinguiririca River.  It is defined by two spurs from the Andes, the Northern and Southern Mountains, which create a 35km wide valley with a unique 120km corridor between the sea and the mountains. The vineyards benefit from cool seas breezes and sharp diurnal temperature differences which help to retain acidity and freshness; and give a long growing season which allows the red grapes to develop slowly improving their flavour and colour.

Historically vineyards were planted on the gentler slopes but newer plantings, including Viu Manent’s El Olivar vineyard, are on steeper gradients.  Apalta, in the Santa Cruz area, is a steep bowl-shaped range of vineyards known for the high quality of its wines.  Viu Manent’s San Carlos vineyard is located here.

The Vineyards:

Viu Manent wines are made with estate grown grapes from their own properties in the Colchagua Valley. The winery's 254 hectares are divided among 3 vineyards: San Carlos, La Capilla, and El Olivar. Ten percent of the white grapes come from selected Casablanca Valley vineyards, a cool coastal region.

San Carlos Vineyard

Since 1995 the Colchagua Valley is sub-divided into several appellations and Santa Cruz , where San Carlos is located, is the oldest and most established of these. San Carlos vineyard is one of the oldest in Chile having been established in the 19th century with pre-phylloxerra root stock from France.

Altitude: 240 metres above sea level

Soil Type: Deep medium fertility topsoil with a loam to clay-loam texture.

Red Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese.

White Varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier.

Average Vine Age: 40 years plus

La Capilla Vineyard

Seeking new terroirs on which to establish vineyards to bring additional richness and new characters to their wines. La Capilla, located in the Peralillo area of the Colchagua Valley, was acquired as virgin land in 1992 and planted by Viu Manent.

Altitude: 230 metres above sea level

Soil Type: Low fertility limestone soil, slightly undulating.

Red Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Malbec.

Average Vine Age: 16 years

El Olivar Vineyard

Viu Manent's newest vineyard planted on steep slopes (up to 45% gradient) in the west of the Colchagua Valley in the Peralillo area. The whole site covers 325 hectares but no more than 70 hectares will be planted to vineyard. The remaining land has been set aside and is a nature reserve for native flora and fauna.

Altitude: Between 150 and 280 metres

Soil Type: A low fertility 'pied mont' soil with a clay texture.

Varieties: Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Carmenere, Mourvedre,      Grenache, Tempranillo and Tannat.

Average Vine Age: 9 years.

Vineyard: The grapes for this wine come from two vineyards in the Colchagua Valley. The first is on the Fundo San Carlos property near Cunaco, where the blocks average 22 years in age. The second is  in  the  Litueche  zone  just  over  20  kilometers  from  the  Colchagua  coast,  which  lends  freshness,  natural acidity, and aromatic intensity to the wine.

The Soil: Cunaco presents alluvial soils with a sandy-clay texture. The soil is deep, extraordinarily porous, and able to administer water to the plant very well throughout the year.

Litueche has granitic soils with good depth and drainage.

Climate:  The  2017–2018  season  began  with  a  cold  and  rainy  spring,  which  allowed  a  delay  to irrigating  until  November.  The cool  temperatures  through  mid-November  delayed  the  onset  of  budbreak  and  flowering  by  a  few  weeks.  

Budbreak  was  very  even,  which  helped  the  phenological  stages of the grapes. It was a rather damp season, which resulted in slower and later ripening. The Cabernet Sauviognon grapes were harvested an average of 1–2 weeks later than in a normal year.

Harvest:  The  grapes  from  the  San  Carlos  Vineyard  were  picked  February  26–27,  and  those  from  Litueche were hand picked March 4–6.

Tasting Note:

Greenish-yellow  in  colour  with  outstanding  fruity  aromas  of  white  peach,  pineapple,  and  grapefruit  intermingled with floral and subtle citrus and saline notes.

The palate is complete, fruity, fresh, and persistent with good volume and a pleasing finish

Food Recommendation:

Ideal aperitif or with fresh cheeses.

Serve at 7º–9ºC.

Bin No.: 1640

Country: Chile

Region: Colchagua Valley

Producer: Viu Manent

Vintage: 2018

Colour: White

Grape Varieties: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Status: Still,
Status: s
ustainable environmental management

Allergens: contains sulphites

Dry/Sweet: 1   (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)

abv: 12.0%    Bottle size: 75cl

Estate Collection Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Vintage
Cellars: £11.75
Enjoy in the restaurant: £18.25