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The Secret de Viu Manent wines are made in a modern style and make the most of the primary fruit characteristics of each grape variety. Whilst the dominant grape variety is expressed on the label, 15% of the blend of each wine is kept a closely guarded secret. The labels were created by Chilean artist Catalina Abbott and each is an interpretation of a secret. Carménère was thought extinct but was rediscovered in Chile where it

delivers its maximum expression. This carménère is from Viu Manent's El Olivar vineyard, located near the town of Peralillo.

The grapes were hand picked April 25–28th .Vinification techniques: The grapes were destemmed and crushed into a stainless steel tank, where they underwent a 3-day pre-fermentation cold maceration at 10ºC to achieve greater extraction of colour and aromas.

Alcoholic fermentation took place with native yeasts at 26º–28ºC with 4 short daily pump-overs to extract only the most elegant tannins and obtain a fruitier and friendlier wine. Malolactic fermentation later occurred naturally in tanks and oak barrels.

Oak:42% of the blend was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels. The remaining 58% was held in stainless steel and concrete tanks for greater fruitiness and freshness in the final blend.

AGING POTENTIAL Drink now or hold up to 5 years.

Winery information:

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-phylloxera vines.

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 Region

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-bodied Syrah, Malbec, Carménère and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Colchagua is a transversal valley running east-west and follows the course of the Tinguiririca River.  It is defined by two spurs from the Andes, the Northern and Southern Mountains, which create a 35km wide valley with a unique 120km corridor between the sea and the mountains. The vineyards benefit from cool seas breezes and sharp diurnal temperature differences which help to retain acidity and freshness; and give a long growing season which allows the red grapes to develop slowly improving their flavour and colour.

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-shaped range of vineyards known for the high quality of its wines.  Viu Manent’s San Carlos vineyard is located here.

The Vineyards:

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-divided into several appellations and Santa Cruz , where San Carlos is located, is the oldest and most established of these. San Carlos vineyard is one of the oldest in Chile having been established in the 19th century with pre-phylloxerra root stock from France.

Altitude: 240 metres above sea level

Soil Type: Deep medium fertility topsoil with a loam to clay-loam texture.

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.

El Olivar, located near the town of Peralillo in the Colchagua Valley. The plantation averages 12 years in age.

Soil: Piedmont of geological origin with a   5–14% slope. The soil presents very good porosity and drainage. The first horizon is very well structured with granite and gravel over a second horizon that presents fragmented granitic rock with an abundance of fine root development.

Climate: The 2015–2016 season began with a dry winter followed by a cold spring with temperatures that were lower than normal. The spring rain was late—primarily in September through November—due to the El Niño phenomenon, which delayed the onset of the phenological stages through harvest. The late rain plus high humidity affected fruit set and ultimately resulted in reduced yields. The summer was hot with a couple of    heat waves, but autumn was very cold and damp, which slowed ripening in the different varieties and therefore delayed the harvest. The red wines obtained are fresh with good fruit expression and very well-balanced palates.  

Vineyard Management: The vineyards are planted to a   density of 5,714 plants/hectare. The vines are trained to low vertical shoot position and cane and spur pruned. Shoots are pulled in the spring and early summer, and leaves are pulled manually in early March to ensure good ventilation for the grapes.

Tasting Note:

Intense cherry red colour with aromas of fresh fruits such as plums and cherries with a touch of black pepper and fresh-ground coffee. Medium-bodied, mouth-filling palate with a very flavourful finish.

Tremendous versatility at the table, ideal with chicken or lamb curry, Latin American dishes, and pastas with meat sauces.

Serve at 16º–17ºC.

Bin No.: 1662

Country:  Chile

Region: Colchagua Valley

Producer: Viu Manent

Vintage: 2016

Colour: Red

Grape Varieties: 85% Carmenere, 15% A Secret

Status: Still,
Status: sustainable environmental management

Allergens: contains sulphites

Body Value:   D      (A is light - E is full bodied)

abv: 13.0%     Bottle size: 75cl

Secrets Carmenere
2016 Vintage
Cellars: £14.50
Enjoy in the restaurant: £21.00