18 June, 2014
Chêne is a delightful combination of Spain’s most famous grape Tempranillo (55%) and the reliable Shiraz grape (45%). Before the last blending, all the steps are performed separately for both grape varieties.
Red grapes for Chêne are delicately crushed and transferred to the tank without pressing. The juice is left in contact with its skins and seeds to garner colour, tannins and flavours.
Then the juice is sent ahead for stabilization.
Once stabilization and fermentation is completed, the maceration process begins. For Chêne, this process is longer than for regular red wines. Chêne wine is in contact with the pomace for up to 40 days in order to extract more tannin. This gives the wine a deep and intense ruby colour. Tannins add the flavor and structure to the wine.
Furthermore, for optimum extraction of colour as well as tannin, regular pumping is done during fermentation and maceration.
After the maceration skins and wine are separated.
‘Free run juice’ is the first version of the wine which is taken straight out of the tank. It is very light in terms of colour and tannins. Rest of the remains from the tank (skins, seeds, deposit) is sent to the pneumatic press. The wine obtained now, has a much deeper red colour and has more tannin. This darker wine is called the ‘press juice’.
The two juices are blended together to obtain a more homogenous wine.
Next, the natural deposits and the lees need to be removed. This is done by the clarification process called racking.
Chêne goes through more than 10 racking cycles until the wine is completely clear. Here onwards, each grape variety goes through separate steps according to its needs since all types don’t react the same way to the processes.
At this stage, in order to have more homogeneity, the Tempranillo and Shiraz wines are blended.
Our Grand Réserve wine ages for a long period of 15 to 20 months in new oak barrels. This enables it to obtain luscious nuances of vanilla and cinnamon.
Before bottling, a last racking and a filtration are done to ensure the optimum quality of Chêne in your glass.