LCBO Vintages Release
Primus vineyards are located in Marchigue, a sub-region of Colchagua, well-known for producing high quality red wine grapes. Only 45 km due east of the Pacific Ocean, its warm climate is moderated by two mountain ranges stretching north to south along the valley. Marchigue’s climate combines with well-drained soils of clay-loam and rocky materials to offer ideal growing conditions for varietals such as Carmenère. The grapes produce rich, intensely flavoured wines with beautiful ripeness, structure and balanced acidity.
Winemaker Rodrigo Soto leads the production of Primus wines. He works closely with Álvaro Espinoza, pioneer in organic and biodynamic practices in Chile. Espinoza is widely-known as an innovator and champion of some of Chile’s best red wines. Decanter Magazine named him one of the world’s greatest winemakers in 2015.
Deep crimson in colour, on the nose, notes of plum and blackberry mingle with spice. Underlying spice carries on to the palate, complemented by fresh flavours of cherry, plum, and dried figs. This is a well-balanced wine with mouthwatering acidity and round, soft tannins.
“This is a solid carmenere with dark berry, hints of violet and sandalwood. Full to medium body, fine and silky. Linear, precise and persistent wine. Drink or hold.”
93 points, JamesSuckling.com, May 2017