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Aymura Carmenere

The Experience

Drink When...
Hypnotised by a strange delight
Listen To...
Sunshine After The Rain by Elkie Brroks
Think About...
Elkie Brooks
Drink With...
Proper sausages

The Oddbins Take

250 miles north of Santiago lies Chile's Elqui Valley, which may well have been formed by the work of singer Elkie Brooks. The area has only recently found favour with winemakers initially cautious (with only 15 days precipitation per year, there's nothing but Sunshine After the Rain, but you'd be a Fool if You Think It's Over just because of that). Mitigating all of that sunshine are cool night-time temperatures which means that, instead of sweet and heady Lilac Wines, you can make bold, full-bodied, complex and dark chocolate-tinged Pearls like this (enough already! - Ed).

The Vital Statistics

Country
Chile
Region
Elqui Valley
Classification
D.O. Elqui Valley
Vintage
2013
Drink
Best Drunk Now & Over the Next Year
Closure
Cork
Bottle Size
Regular - 750ml
15.0%
Alcohol Units
11.3

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The Style

Grape
Carménère
Oak
Body
Light Full bodied
Sweetness
Dry Sweet

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Viña Mayu was established in the early 2000s, with a view to making Italian influenced wines from the unique climate and soil conditions of the Elqui Valley. Mayu itself is an ancient Inca word for the Milky Way, and the estate houses one of the eight internationally important observatories in the region.

At the edge of the Atacama Desert, and some 250 miles north of Santiago, Elqui Valley is one of the most northerly wine regions in Chile. The region enjoys over 340 days of sunshine per year, (the solar radiation being ten times clearer than that of Europe), precious little rainfall and a remarkable difference between its day- and night-time temperatures - daytime temperatures in the high thirties contrast with the sea fog that moistens the grapes during the very cold nights. It also has one of the clearest atmospheres on earth, with almost ten times more solar radiation than Europe. Land in the region has been cultivated for centuries, not least because the area is noted for Pisco production, and ancient irrigation channels built by the Incas still line the valley and serve to bring snowmelt to the parched vineyards. Wine has been made in the region since the late 1990s, when Chilean wine growers started to look beyond the Central Valley, and as well as bringing wonderfully ripe and expressive wines from the more established varietals, the area is a hotbed of experimentation that will reward the watchful eye!

Winemaker Giorgio Flessati hails from the mountainous northern area of Trentino, Italy, and divides his time between there and the Elqui Valley. He graduated in oenology at San Michelle all'Adige and started his career in the same vicinity. He has worked in Bordeaux, Alsace and Burgundy in addition to consultancy work in Australia, Moldova and Sicily. He launched his own winery in Chile in 1999, and has won awards in some of the world's most prestigious contests.

The grapes for the Carmenere were hand-picked and then de-stemmed and crushed. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks between 26 and 28C took place with selected yeasts, together with enzymes to assist colour extraction. The wine underwent full malolactic fermentation prior to four months' ageing in stainless steel tanks (70%) and new French and American oak (30%), at which point it was filtered, clarified and bottled.