D.O. COLCHAGUA - CHILE
PRODUCER: JOSE CANEPA Y CIA LTDA
Canepa vineyards are located in the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys. These two regions are widely renown as among the world’s most exciting winegrowing areas and responsible for Chile’s excellent reputation as a wine producing country. In total, the Canepa winery, established in the mid 30’s by Jose Canepa Vaccarezza, owns 1,000 hectares of land that are constantly being developed. Until now, more that 400 hectares of vineyards are in full production.
Vinification: this is the last variety to ripen in the season. De-stemmed and crushed grapes were sent to the stainless steel fermenter. Selected yeasts were added. Pumping overs three times per day were enough to get a good structure. Temperature during fermentation: 26-28°C. Once the alcoholic fermentation was finished, the skins were maintained in contact with the wine during six extra days.
Tasting notes: Bright and deep red ruby colour with violet edges. Ripe and pure. Blackberry and cassis aromas with Intriguing cedar, mineral and truffle notes. Fruit wins out easily. On the mouth is velvety and soft. Ripe and balanced through the medium-body finish.
Ageing potential: Drink now. Will improve with cellaring and additional time in bottle for 3-5 years.
Food pairing: Pasta dishes with olive oil, sun dried tomatoes and olives. Milanese Risotto with Porcini mushrooms.
Canepa’s 2006 Awards
Chile Catad'Or Hyatt Wine Awards 2006
Gold – Canepa Finiísimo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Especial 2003
United Kingdom International Wine Challenge
Silver Canepa Private Reserve Carmenere 2004
Seal of Aprroval – Canepa Private Reserve Malbec 2004
Seal of Approval – Canepa Private Reserve Syrah 2003
Seal of Approval – Canepa Winemaker’s Selection Carmenere 2005
Seal of Approval – Canepa Winemaker’s Selection Viognier 2005
Seal of Approval – Chiavari Zinfandel Carmenere 2005
France Challenge International du Vin 2006
Gold Canepa Private Reserve Syrah 2003
Silver Canepa Private Reserve Malbec 2004
Bronze Canepa Private Reserve Carmenere 2004
France Chardonnay du Monde 2006
Silver Canepa Chardonnay 2005 (Best in Class)
United Kingdom Decanter Magazine
Three Stars Canepa Syrah Winemaker’s Selection 2005
Canepa Private Reserve Malbec 2004
Italy Veronafiere Vinitaly
Gran Menzione Canepa Winemaker’s Selection Viognier 2005
Gran Menzione Canepa Private Reserve Carmenere 2004
Gran Menzione Canepa Private Reserve Malbec 2004
Gran Menzione Canepa Special Reserve Sangiovese 2004
Gran Menzione Canepa Finísimo Cabernet Sauvignon 2003