The Winery: Our Eden's Eve selection this month comes from one of the most outstanding properties in Chile, Bodegas Las Pircas. Elvio Olave, a third generation winemaker is both an enology graduate and fruit horticultural engineer, founded the winery in 1996.
Ten years later he installed state-of-the art technology and increased the capacity to the point that it is now considered one of the premier wineries in Chile. Las Pircas takes precise control of every stage of the grape growing and winemaking process. This attention to detail is reflected in the quality of wine they produce.
Las Pircas is also HACCP certified, meaning it has gone through a training system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product. They are also environmentally conscious practicing minimum intervention in the vineyards and winery.
The Region: The grapes for Eden's Eve came from about 40 miles Southwest of Santiago, Chile's capital city. Santiago is the epicenter of commerce in Chile, with a metro population of over 7.4 million. Officially founded in 1541, Santiago is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in South America.
This region of Chile has a climate very similar to Mediterranean climates. It's very cool and semi-arid, but with large fluctuations between daytime and nighttime temperatures. This helps the grapes develop really incredible tannins, and adds to their rich coloring.
The Wine: The grapes for this wine were harvested and crushed a few days before May, which is much later than most. The juice is then given extended skin contact at low temperatures prior to fermentation. This is done to extract color and aroma. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures and lasts up to a ten-day period. The wine is then left to settle for twenty additional days in order to extract tannin and then placed in oak barrels.
The results are this tremendous expression of carefully harvest grapes, which are converted to wine in such a manner as to extract every essence that is present in each grape. Here is the perfect confluence of flavors, colors and visuals that will excite all the senses at once.
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