Monday, 11 April 2011

TN : Antu Ninquen Mountain Vineyard Syrah 2008, Colchagua Valley, Chile

Ninquen (nin-ken) means "Plateau on a Mountain". Antu means "sun" in Mapuche or "People from the Earth" language.

The Ninquen Mountain vineyard is located in Colchagua Valley. The soil is a thin blanket of clay over decomposed rock. The trellis system used is VSP. All of the grapes were handpicked on April 18th 2008 and then subjected to a four day cold soak. The yeast used for alcoholic fermentation was PDM. Three pump overs of two minutes per ton were done each day. The total skin contact was twenty three days. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. All of the wine spent 18 months in oak of which 80% was French and 20% was American. 50% of the oak was new and 50% was second use. The residual sugar is 2.98 grammes per litre, the total acidity is 5.25 grammes per litre (measured as tartaric acid) and the pH is 3.53. 3000 cases were produced.

Colour : Dark blackberry

Aroma : Blackberry, plums, tobacco, mint, milk chocolate, black pepper

Taste : Blackberry, mega tobacco on finish, plums, mint, milk chocolate

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 149 SEK

Mark : C

Website : Vina Ninquen

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