Caleuche Reserva 100% Carménère from Maule Valley, Chile
The Maule Valley is located in the southern part of the Central Valley. This area, which has the largest area planted with vines in all of Chile, has a tradition of vine growing dating back to the 17th century. Running parallel to the Andes Mountains and the Coastal Mountain Range, the Maule Valley benefits from significant temperature variation between night and day and rainfall restricted to the winter months. These conditions allow healthy grapes, great concentration of colour, flavours and aromas.
A terroir for high-end wines
The vines of Caleuche Reserva 100% Carménère are located in the San Javier commune, near Melozal in the Loncomilla River valley, 17 km west of the Pan-American highway. A warm climate zone, hot during the day but cooled by a strong breeze after midday which slightly attenuates the high temperatures making it ideal for red varieties.
The soil presents soft hills, sandy loam texture, with tufa at shallow depth. This meant that, before planting, the land had to be ploughed to break the tufa and improve the depth of the soil.