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Notes for JD
The two bottles to compare were:
Carmenère by Tabali - web site...which is painfully slow...is here http://www.tabali.com/en/index.html
Wine-making process: When the grapes reach the cellar they undergo a pre-fermenting process for three to four days, then they are fermented in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of around 26°C. During fermentation, the liquid is stirred daily to obtain a greater diffusion of color in the must. After the must-wine transformation, there is a post-fermentation process when the color and the aromas are enhanced. The wine then rests in French and American oak barrels for 12 months. After this, the wine is refined with natural egg whites and bottled with a slight filtration so as to preserve the whole of its concentration and naturalness throughout the process. It then remains in the bottle for another 6 months when it is ready to go to the market.
Tasting: This wine has a deep red color with some redbrick tinges. It presents a spicy nose with mature fruit and delicate smoky touches. To the mouth it is smooth and intense, with a touch of black cherries, plums, red berries and nutmeg. Its chocolate finish comes from being aged in French oak.
Carmenère by Casa Silva - web site http://www.vindivino.com/showwinery.php?Wid=1046
Casa Silva Reserva Carmenére 2006
Authentic Chilean style. Dark almost purple core with deep sooty red at the fringes. A blend of concentrated blackberry and plum softened by some red fruit character. Distinctive dried herbal and white pepper spice character. A superb balance of full fruit, good acidity, sweet French oak, and full tannins on the long lingering finish. Cutting edge grape coming into its own a premiere producer.
88% Los Lingues, 12% Lolol. Hand harvested and sorted. Destemmed for pre-fermentive maceration for 8 days at 6 degrees Celsius. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel for 23 days at 26-28 degrees Celsius. Post fermentation maceration for 15 days. Racked and malolactic. Aging: 50% of production in French oak for 7 months. Annual production 30,000 cases.
Palmer's Brewery Bridport have a wine shop where we bought the Tabala and Casa Silva
The MV from Palmer's was of the opinion that the Casa Silva was the better of the two but in the end I think you might agree with us that they are of equally good quality. I am glad we bought a case of each. They will do web sales - but their web site is currently being refurbished.
Brewery site here
Also lists Casa Silva
The Chateau De Beaupre we do not know
corney and barrow site under reconstruction
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