LCBO Vintages Release
Primus vineyards are located in Apalta, 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. Apalta’s climate combines with well-drained soils of rocky clay-loam to offer ideal growing conditions for varietals such as Carmenère. Vineyards are set into the old south-facing terraces of the Tinguiririca River. 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.
Certified Organic fruit was hand-picked, then slowly fermented in stainless steel by native yeast. The wine macerated on the skins following fermentation to give structure and soften the finish. The best lots were blended and aged in French oak barrels (20% new) for 12 months.
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.
“The Primus Carmenère comes from a combination of silt and granite soils and is a smooth, supple, textured, aromatic expression of the grape with stylish 18% new wood, a hint of chocolate and appealing fruit sweetness. 2020-25”
92 points, Tim Atkin MW, April 2019