The grapes to produce Carmenère Limited Edition Maipo Alto Viña Perez Cruz were hand-picked and then carefully selected before being crushed into stainless steel tanks. The Carmenère Limited Edition Maipo Alto Viña Perez Cruz fermentation lasted between seven days, at temperatures of 23 to 27°C with skin contact lasting for 15 days. Daily pump-overs were determined by tastings, and were reduced in volume towards the end of fermentation, extracting the desired level of tannins, colour and flavours throughout. The wine was macerated for a further six days, before being racked into French oak barrels where it matured for 14 months.
The grapes are sourced from low yielding vines from the Liguai Estate. Located in the Maipo Valley’s “Maipo-Andes” subregion, the vineyard is situated in the mountain foothills between 440 and 520 metres elevation. The double Guyot trained vines are drip irrigated and grown in alluvial soils with low fertility. The harvest takes place manually, once the grapes have reached optimum maturity levels.
Vina Perez Cruz is a family-owned boutique winery located in the Alto Maipo. Their estate covers 250 hectares of vines planted in one of the most sought after areas for growing premium Cabernet Sauvignon. This red wine specialist also produces small parcels of Syrah, Cot (Malbec), Carmenère and Petit Verdot. From the first vintage in 2002, President Andres Perez Cruz has seen the estate’s speciality red wine amass an impressive array of awards and gold medals. Their eco-friendly winery was built by award-winning architect Jose Cruz Ovalle, to fulfil the technical objective of fine wine production. Its wooden roof and natural light allow thermal isolation and free air flow circulation, making it one of the most unique wineries in the world.