Santa Rita 120 Merlot

Region Central Valley, Chile
Grape Merlot
Style Red
Brand Santa Rita

Climate & Soil
In this area located on the foothills of the Andes, evening
temperatures tend to be lower due to the cold winds deriving from the Andes, which cause elevated thermal oscillations between day and night which may exceed 20 ºC. Alluvial, volcanic soil, stratified and with a good humidity retention capacity.

Vinification
Manual harvest during the month of April, grapes are destemmed and softly pressed, fermentation takes place between 24 and 26°C. Depending on the lot and zone, 10% wood is used at fermentation to increase color and stabilize wines. After alcoholic fermentation, 20% is aged in French oak for a period between 6 to 8 months, depending on the year to sweeten and increase complexity.

Aging Potential
3 to 5 years

Technical Information
pH: 3.53
Total Acidity: 5.07 g/l (exp. Tartaric Acid)
Alcohol: 13.5 % vol.
Residual Sugar: 3.04 g/l

Winemaker’s Comments
Our 120 Merlot is a red-violet colored wine, with intense fruity aromas reminiscent of red fruit and flower, vanilla and tobacco. It is a full-bodied, elegant wine, well-balanced in acidity and mature tannins that develope a fresh, fruity finish.

Winemaker: Carlos Gatica
Variety: 100% Merlot
Region: Central Valley

Superb quality and craftsmanship are the hallmarks of Santa Rita, one of Chile’s most admired and innovative wine estates. The “120” series of wines was named after the historic event in which 120 soldiers took refuge in Santa Rita’s cellars in 1814 during Chile’s war for independence. These wines are
fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures and bottled early to preserve each variety’s fruitiness and natural aromas. The 120 wines are young, fresh and fruity, elegant and perfectly balanced with good acidity.Their exceptional value makes them an outstanding choice for accompanying our everyday meals.

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