Pewën de Apalta among the eight best Carmenere from Chile22 de September de 2020
The British publication The Drinks Business highlighted Pewën de Apalta 2018 with 95 points, selecting it as one of the top Carmenere of Chile.
London, September 2020.- Wine critic Patrick Schmitt MW, editor in chief of The Drinks Business, selected the best eight carmenere from Chile, for an article recently published on its online edition. After an extensive tasting with wines from the country, the Master of Wine selected the best examples of this flagship variety for Chile, among which was Pewën de Apalta 2018.
With a score of 95, Schmitt commented, “Deeply coloured, with a purple rim. It has an intense nose, with concentrated black cherry, ripe olive, berries and notes of dried herbs, with just a hint of cool mint and cedar in the mix”. He added that “The palate is delicious, with soft, dark, fleshy, ripe black fruit, olive, spice and background dried herbs, with lovely cedar-wood flavours and a touch of creamy coffee. This is very fine, juicy, fleshy but structured wine with layers of flavor”.
The critic also said, “the country can now silence Carmenere sceptics with the soft, fleshy and peppery appeal of this grape”. “As I also noted, this is particularly true of Carmenère that is grown in Colchagua, above all Apalta, but also Puemo in Cachapoal. Indeed, part of the increased understanding of how to get the best from this grape is finding the ideal spots to grow it – and Carmenère likes warm sites and well-drained soils”.
Elaborated by Winemaker Sebastián Labbé, Pewën de Apalta is sourced from vines planted in 1938 and is located at the lower part of a soft slope with southern exposure. It has a plantation density of 5,500 plants per hectare and is a dryland vineyard that only receives water during the winter months (historical average of 650mm/years) and from underground downhill contributions. The moderately deep granite soils have low fertility, leading to a canopy with good exposure to light.