The area has a Mediterranean climate; wet in winter with moderately low temperatures and hot and dry in summer, with moderately high temperatures. The spring is mild with occasional frosts and little rainfall, whilst autumn is
also mild with infrequent late showers. The rains are mainly concentrated in winter with an annual average of 500 mm.

The summers are hot with temperatures reaching over 30°C. The influence of the Andes Mountains causes a thermal oscillation of over 15°C between day and night. Temperatures gradually begin to decrease towards the end of summer, thus permitting a gradual ripening of the grapes, and allowing them to maintain the fruit concentration and the proper tannin ripening.

The Liguai de Huelquén Estate, home of Viña Perez Cruz, has colluvial - alluvial type of soils, formed by
material from fluvial glaciers brought down by the waters flowing from the high Andes. These are piedmont soils, with large number of stones, very good dreinage and low level of nutrients; all essential characteristics needed
in the growing of grapes for the production of fine wines. They also, are deep soils; with no problem of surface ground water, which facilitate the development of the vines root systems. The vineyard is isolated from other intensive crops, and near the hills.

The modern installations at Viña Perez Cruz are reflected in the winery building's architecture. It was designed not only to fulfill technical objectives concerned with producing fine wines, but also to harmonize with the environment and avoid an abrupt intrusion into the rural landscape. The architect, José Cruz Ovalle, created a 6,000 m2 laminated wood building. Two parallel modules with stone walls around the base were conceived, connected by a lengthwise gallery with natural light.

The wooden roof, supported on curved pillars, was designed to allow thermal isolation and free air flow,
both excellent for wine-making.

QuelenQuelen is a blend of Petite Verdot, Carmenere and Cot. These varietals were formerly part of the wines of Bordeaux, France, however today they are hardly being used and only represent a small amount in their blends.
This wine is a unique wine not only for the novelty of blending these varietals, but also for the search of it's origins. The grapes for this blend come from a selection of our finest vineyards. They were carefully selected on sorting tables. Fermentation is carried out in stainless steel tanks at temperatures that range from 26º C to 28ºC. Maceration lasted 30 days. Further malolactic fermentation is completed 100% in French oak barrels where they also continue to age for another fourteen months. The aromas of this wine are elegant and complex, evoking a distinct wine that combines traditional and modern styles. It has prominent notes of red fruits, tobacco, spices and a unique mineral note.

On the palate it is a concentrated wine with a very pleasant balance, soft tannins and a long and persistent finish with abundant mineral notes.

 

SYRAH RESERVA LIMITED EDITION

The grapes were hand picked on the last week of April, looking for the right tannin and flavor ripeness. Small-lot of grapes was made to reveal unique characteristics of every parcel. The grapes were selected and cleaned on specially tables at the Mezzanine floor, on the tanks, with gravity flow. The grapes were carefully crushed and they continued a cold soak maceration during four days at 10º C. Hand pumping-over was done to make soft tannins extraction during fermentation and total period of maceration was of 30 days. Malolactic fermentation undergoes in French new one uses oak barrels. Total barrel aging: 16months. In the nose there are distinctive aromas; ripe black berries and pepper with a touch of smoke, and it is full-bodied and well structured on the palate.

 

COT RESERVA LIMITED EDITION

The grapes were hand picked on the second week of April, looking for the right tannin and flavor ripeness. Small-lot of grapes was separeted to reveal unique characteristics of every parcel. The grapes were selected and cleaned on specially tables at the Mezzanine floor, then to the tanks, with gravity flow. The grapes were carefully crushed and they continued a cold soak maceration during four days at 10º C. Hand pumpingover was done to extract soft tannins extraction during fermentation. The total period of maceration was of 30 days. Malolactic fermentation undergoes in French new one uses oak barrels. Total barrel aging: 14 months. Its aromas of little berries are enhanced by very special spicy and floral notes. It is remarkably fruity on the palate: full- bodied, generous and smooth in the mouth.

 

CARMENERE RESERVA LIMITED EDITION

The grapes were hand picked on the second week of May, looking for the right tannin and flavour ripeness. Small-lot of grapes was made to reveal unique characteristics of every parcel. The grapes were selected and cleaned on specially tables at the Mezzanine floor, on the tanks, with gravity flow. Hand pumping-over was done to make soft tannins extraction during fermentation and total period of maceration was of 30 days. Malolactic fermentation undergoes in French new one uses oak barrels. Total barrel aging: 14 months. Its aromas of ripe red fruit, licorice and mocha give special character. It is a wellstructured wine in the mouth, balanced and with a long finish.

 

CABERNET SAUVIGNON RESERVA

The grapes were hand picked during the second week of April, looking for the right tannin and flavor ripeness. The lots were made to reveal unique characteristics of every parcel. The grapes were selected and cleaned in a sorting table. Before introducing into the stainless steel tanks, they were light crushed, then they went through a heat exchanger to have a cold maceration for three to five days. To manage the extraction pumping-over was done carefully to extract soft tannins during the alcoholic fermentation. The total period of maceration was of 24 days. Total barrel ageing: 12 months.The wine is deep burgundy red, with aromas of ripe red berries and spices highlighted by touches of dried fruit and vanilla. It is a very well-structured wine with mature tannins and a smooth finish.

 
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