Santa Rita Cabernet Sauvignon Medalla Real Gran reserva

Region Maipo Valley, Chile
Grape Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
Style Red
Brand Santa Rita Winery

Vinification
The grapes were lightly and carefully crushed, leaving some whole berries intact. The temperature was raised to 15ºC (59ºF) prior to inoculation with selected yeasts, and then allowed to rise to 28ºC (82ºF) in the early stages of fermentation. Rack-and-return delestages were performed twice daily throughout the entire process to improve extraction. Once the fermentation was completed, the wine in some selected tanks remained on its skins for extended skin contact. Part of the wine was immediately racked to barrels for malolactic fermentation while the rest underwent the process in stainless steel tanks and then transferred to barrels. The final blend was defined after a second
racking.

Aging
The wine was aged for 14 months in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-use oak barrels.

Technical Details
pH: 3.45
Acidity: 5.55 g/l Expressed in Tartaric Acid
Alcohol: 14.0% v/v
Residual sugar: 2.59 g/l

Winemaker’s comments
Deep ruby-red in color, with a bouquet of black fruits such as black currants, blueberries, and blackberries with dried figs, cigar box, and spice notes. The concentrated palate offers well-rounded ripe tannins that create the prominent backbone that leads the wine on to a long, lingering finish.

Variety: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
Region: Maipo Valley
Winemaker: Andrés Ilabaca

100% of the grapes come from our 15-year-old, low-yield Alto Jahuel
vineyard trellised to vertical shoot position. Shoot removal in early spring and leaf pulling after flowering are normal vineyard management
techniques used to obtain good tannin ripening and minimize the
pyrazine character of the grapes at harvest. The Cabernet Sauvignon was picked in the second half of April; the Cabernet Franc was harvested earlier in the season.

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