ROCKHOPPER 2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON/CARMENERE
These penguins are renowned for their fery, exotic plumage. Our Rockhopper, a unique blend of robust Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère, is equally exotic and promises to be different than any wine you’ve tasted.Part of Rockhopper’s unique favor can be attributed to the Carménère grapes, a variety long thought to be extinct, but recently rediscoverd in Chile. Carménère provides spicy, earthy undertones and plays exquisitely off of the fruity texture of the Cabernet.
The grapes were crushed and cold macerated to extract favor and aromas. The must was then moved to separate steel tanks, skins remained during the fermentation. The fermentation lasted 9 days and it reached an average temperature of 28°C for the Carménère and 31° for the Cabernet. Post fermentation maceration lasted an additional 2 weeks. The wines were then aged in 225 liter French barrels for nine months. The blends were filtered through Diatomaceous earth and allowed to integrate with each other.
As usual our vineyards produced top, quality grapes, due to the fantastic climate conditions that persisted until after our autumn harvest. The lower than normal temperatures of the Pacific Ocean (only 17 km away) provided us with cool winds during the evenings and morning fogs. This allowed for a slow ripening of the grapes. The grapes achieved amazingly intense aromas and favors with a refreshing acidity.The rain deficit (45%) during the growing season did not affect us as we were able to irrigate as needed. The vines had enough water to produce healthy grapes but we did not over irrigate so we could control the yields so as to produce the concentration and sugar and ripeness required.
Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon + 50% Carménère
Alcohol Level (% by vol.): 13.5
Total Acidity (gr/L): 4.64
Residual Sugars (gr/L): 2.34
Harvest Date: April – June 2009