Bela Cabernet Sauvignon

VITICULTURE

Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Marchigue, Colchagua Valley, Chile
Single vineyard: Yes
Age of vines: 15 years
Trellising system: Vertical shoot positioning
Pruning: Cordon
Irrigation: Drip
Soil type: Clay and lime mixed with decomposed yellow granite

VINIFICATION

Harvest method: Hand in 13 Kg boxes
Fruit selection: Single berries after de-stemming
Crushing: Yes
Cold Soaking: Yes
Yeast: Actiflor B
Alcoholic Fermentation: Stainless steel tank and barrels

Malolactic fermentation: 100% in barrels

AGING

Blend in oak barrels: 100%

Coopers (new): Sylvain, Taransaud

Coopers (rest): Taransaud, Sylvain

Number of barrels: 6

Grain and Toasting: Fine and extra fine. Medium Toast

Time in barrels: 22 months

Type of barrels: French

Age of Barrels: 1/3 New, 2/3 Seasoned

BOTTLING

Stabilization: No
Fining: No
Filtration: No
Stopper: Diam 5
Total production: 150 cases

ANALYSIS

Alcohol: 14.7%
Residual sugar: 1.98 g/l
Total acidity: 6.00 g/l
pH: 3.56 

WINEMAKER’S COMMENTS

Bela is a wine-growing project started in 2011 by master winemaker Sven Bruchfeld and Rafael Craveiro. Sven was using his Cabernet Sauvignon in the past to blend in his Polkura Syrah and Malbec. After seeing how good the grapes were, Rafael decided to buy some barrels and have Sven vinify and age the wine for him. While accompanying the harvest and winemaking, Rafael has learned the steps to make exceptional wine the handcrafted way. The result is a harmoniously layered wine that is exquisite now, but will age gracefully for 10 years or more.

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