The grapes were destemmed into a press without crushing and macerated for 4–6 hours at 10ºC to extract aromatic precursors and flavours contained in the skins and to increase the sensation of oiliness perceived in the final wine.
The juice was later drained and decanted for 36–48 hours at 8ºC before the clean must is transferred to stainless steel tanks for fermentation at a range of temperatures (14º–18ºC) to obtain different aromatic profiles and different characteristics on the palate.
Viu Manent was founded in 1935 by Catalan immigrant Miguel Viu Garcia and his sons Agustin and Miguel Viu Manent. They are one of the longest established producers in the region. Initially the family focused on a negociant wine business however, in 1966 they fulfilled a long held ambition and bought the Hacienda San Carlos de Cunaco and the vineyards in the Colchagua Valley from which they had long sourced their wines. The estate included 150 hectares of noble, pre-
Today their passion for their family heritage and stewardship of the land drives them to produce wines with character that express their origin and individual growing season. Their vineyards are all located in the renowned Colchagua Valley and cover 260 hectares over 3 locations: San Carlos, La Capilla and El Olivar. They also source grapes from selected Casablanca vineyards for some of their white wines.
The Colchagua Valley
The Colchagua Valley is located in the southern most portion of the Rapel Valley in central Chile. It is approximately 140 kilometres south of Santiago and is one of Chile’s most well known wine regions particularly for its full-
Colchagua is a transversal valley running east-
Historically vineyards were planted on the gentler slopes but newer plantings, including Viu Manent’s El Olivar vineyard, are on steeper gradients. Apalta, in the Santa Cruz area, is a steep bowl-
Viu Manent wines are made with estate grown grapes from their own properties in the Colchagua Valley. The winery's 254 hectares are divided among 3 vineyards: San Carlos, La Capilla, and El Olivar. Ten percent of the white grapes come from selected Casablanca Valley vineyards, a cool coastal region.
San Carlos Vineyard
Since 1995 the Colchagua Valley is sub-
Altitude: 240 metres above sea level
Soil Type: Deep medium fertility topsoil with a loam to clay-
Red Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Sangiovese.
White Varieties: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier.
Average Vine Age: 40 years plus
La Capilla Vineyard
Seeking new terroirs on which to establish vineyards to bring additional richness and new characters to their wines. La Capilla, located in the Peralillo area of the Colchagua Valley, was acquired as virgin land in 1992 and planted by Viu Manent.
Altitude: 230 metres above sea level
Soil Type: Low fertility limestone soil, slightly undulating.
Red Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Malbec.
Average Vine Age: 16 years
El Olivar Vineyard
Viu Manent's newest vineyard planted on steep slopes (up to 45% gradient) in the west of the Colchagua Valley in the Peralillo area. The whole site covers 325 hectares but no more than 70 hectares will be planted to vineyard. The remaining land has been set aside and is a nature reserve for native flora and fauna.
Altitude: Between 150 and 280 metres
Soil Type: A low fertility 'pied mont' soil with a clay texture.
Varieties: Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Carmenere, Mourvedre, Grenache, Tempranillo and Tannat.
Average Vine Age: 9 years.
Vineyard: The grapes for this wine come from two vineyards in the Colchagua Valley. The first is on the Fundo San Carlos property near Cunaco, where the blocks average 22 years in age. The second is in the Litueche zone just over 20 kilometers from the Colchagua coast, which lends freshness, natural acidity, and aromatic intensity to the wine.
The Soil: Cunaco presents alluvial soils with a sandy-
Litueche has granitic soils with good depth and drainage.
Climate: The 2017–2018 season began with a cold and rainy spring, which allowed a delay to irrigating until November. The cool temperatures through mid-
Budbreak was very even, which helped the phenological stages of the grapes. It was a rather damp season, which resulted in slower and later ripening. The Cabernet Sauviognon grapes were harvested an average of 1–2 weeks later than in a normal year.
Harvest: The grapes from the San Carlos Vineyard were picked February 26–27, and those from Litueche were hand picked March 4–6.
The palate is complete, fruity, fresh, and persistent with good volume and a pleasing finish
Ideal aperitif or with fresh cheeses.
Serve at 7º–9ºC.
Bin No.: 1640
Region: Colchagua Valley
Producer: Viu Manent
Grape Varieties: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Status: sustainable environmental management
Allergens: contains sulphites
Dry/Sweet: 1 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
abv: 12.0% Bottle size: 75cl