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.
2013 was considered one of Chile’s coolest in the past decade, driven by a slow growing season and late harvest. As a result, the vintage produced elegant wines with vibrant colour, fresh fruit aromas, bright acidity and smooth tannins.
Deep crimson in colour, on the nose, notes of plum and blackberry mingle with spice. Underlying spice carries on to the palate, with complemented by fresh flavours of cherry, plum and dried figs. This is a well-balanced wine with mouthwatering acidity and round, soft tannins.
“Fascinating aromas of dark berry, hot tar, and black olive. Full-bodied and very intense with a pretty mouthfeel this is polished and velvety. Persistent. Now one of the best carmeneres in Chile. Drink or hold.”
93 points, JamesSuckling.com, July 2015