Tuesday, 18 January 2011

TN : Ninquén Mountain Vineyard 2006, Vina Ninquén, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Founded in 1998, Ninquén is the result of the entrepreneurial spirit of its owners, brothers Eduardo and Hernán Gras and Cristián Hartwig who converted it in Chile’s first Mountain Vineyard. Ninquén (nin-ken) means “Plateau on a Mountain” in a native dialect and literally describes its geographic condition.

This wine received 92 Points from the Wine Advocate in May 2009 and a gold medal from the International Wine & Spirit Competition, 2009, in the UK. It is a blend of 65% Syrah and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vines were trained on a VSP Trellis System. The soil type is clay and the age of vines was 11 years.

The grapes were subject to a cold soak lasting four days. The yeast used for alcoholic fermentation was PDM. The fermentation temperature was between 29 and 32 degrees. The fermenting must was pumped-over three times per day. The total skin contact wa 30 days. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

100% of the wine spent 21 months in oak. The oak used was 80% French and 20% American. 80% of which was new and 20% was second use. The residual sugar is 3.2 grammes per litre, the total acidity is 5.25 grammes per litre (as tartaric acid), and the pH is 3.50. 1,500 cases were produced. The winemakers were Hernán Gras and Paul Hobbs.

Colour : Black/blackberry

Aroma : Blackberry, blackcurrant, plums, mint, burnt toast, green pepper

Taste : Blackcurrant, blackberry, toast, drying grippy tannins and spice and earth on finish, green pepper, coffee

Alcohol : 14%

Price : 289 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Ninquen

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