Clos de Luz "Massal 1945" Carmenere 2018 - Almahue, Chile
Varietals: 100% Carmenere
This is a rich and suave take on the genre with an array of earthy ripe-plum aromas. The palate has a deep and succulent feel with supple, creamy fruit to close it out.
The wine is aged for 12 months in: 50% of the wine in 4.000 liters Gamba French oak tank, 44% in 225 and 300 liters french oak barrels of different uses, and the remaining 6% is aged in new 600 liters Sylvain french oak barrels. The Fermentation process is made with indigenous yeast. This wine is stabilized naturally thanks to the cold winter weather, without using any chemical products
Clos de Luz is a family winery located in Almahue Valley, known as the birthplace of Carmenere in Chile - Carmenere represents 75% of the plantings. Winemaker Gabriel Edwards currently runs his family domaine, after obtaining a Master in Wine Business in Burgundy and working for Undurraga, and Moët & Chandon. The estate, bought by his great grandfather in 1892, now spreads over 33 hectares of vineyards, planted in 1945 by Gabriel’s grandmother, Luz. They are some of the oldest Carmenere vineyards in Chile, and probably in the world. The grapes were being sold for more than 20 years to Casa Lapostolle, until Gabriel decided to return to Chile and make his own wine.
Almahue Valley is located 70 miles South East of Santiago, 40 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 28 miles from the Andes Mountains. The viticulture history of the valley started in the XVIIth century during the Spanish colonization era. Modern viticulture started in 1933, when Gabriel's ancestors planted French grape varieties such as Merlot (that lately was discovered to be Carmenere) and Cabernet Sauvignon. Climate: rain reaches to up to 22 inches during the winter, on average. The growing season (Oct-April) offers beautiful days and warm temperatures with no rain. There are cool breezes in the afternoon and night time temperatures are cold. A wide temperature fluctuation between day and night allows to obtain high concentration in color and tannin. The grapes ripen slowly and reach ideal maturity while retaining a high level of natural acidity, ensuring a long aging potential.
The domaine's vineyards are 100% ungrafted and certified organic by Ceres. Because Chile is isolated from the phylloxera, they are planted “franc de pied”, giving a unique character to the wines. The vineyards are also 100% Massal selection from old vineyards, as opposed to a large majority of vineyards planted using clonal selection (all genetically identical plants). Massal selection consists in selecting good and healthy vines, and then propagating them from cuttings. This method preserves the natural diversity of the plants. The vineyards are plowed by horses, as the twisted trunks of the old vines make it impossible to use a tractor.