2017 Ventisquero Obliqua Carmenere

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2017 Ventisquero Obliqua Carmenere

Head Winemaker Felipe Tosso joined Vina Ventisquero in 2000. After seriously considering alternate careers as a tennis pro and classical guitarist, he elected to enter the wine business, describing it as “one of my big passions because it’s more than work – it’s a lifestyle.”

Tasting Notes


Deep red in color with violet hues. 


The nose presents notes of fresh red fruit like raspberries, intermingled with hints of white pepper and herbal notes, along with soft spice. 


In the mouth, this is a very elegant wine with firm structure and pronounced, chalky tannins, fresh acidity and it is well-balanced and long. This Carménère reflects Apalta’s higher-elevation vineyards and is atypical of Chilean Carménère because its origin in a high-altitude mountain vineyard has made it a nervous wine with great tension in the mouth. This is definitely a Carménère worth cellaring.


2017 was a year with warm temperatures and low yields, which meant that the harvest was brought forward by around 3 weeks and the grapes were picked in mid-April. This is a very particular harvest with low yields of some 5 tons/ha, producing a very ripe, well-structured and high-quality Carménère.


First the grapes underwent a cool pre-fermentative maceration to bring out the maximum colour and aromas. Then the must was fermented in small stainless steel tanks and also in open vats. A classic fermentation took place with 2-3 pump-overs per day during the first half of the fermentation period and then once a day thereafter. After the fermentation was complete, the wine was kept over its skins for a post-fermentative maceration for 2 weeks. Then it was racked straight into second-use barrels and a foudre.


The wine was aged for 22 months: 70 % in extra-fine grain, second-use, 300-litre French oak barrels, and 30 % in a French oak foudre. And the wine spent a minimum of 1 year in the bottle.


Tosso’s winemaking travels have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, Argentina, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, back to Concha Y Toro in Chile and then finally to Vina Ventisquero. In 2003, Felipe began a close collaboration with John Duval (ex Penfolds) in the production of icon wines Pangea and Vertice, a partnership that continues to this day.


    Year 2017
    Bottle Size 750ml
    Cultivar 94 % Carménère - 4 % Cabernet Sauvignon - 2 % Petit Verdot
    Country Chile
    Alcohol content
    13.8% alc vol 
    Units of Alcohol per Bottle 10.2 units
    Type Red Wine
    Aging Potential This Carménère wine has excellent aging potential. You can enjoy it today, in which case, we suggest decanting it first. But it also has 20 years’ aging potential.
    Allergen Information Contains sulphites
    Food Matches
    We recommend pairing this wine with roast or grilled red meat, pork rib, mature cheese and spicy dishes that go well with Carménère.
    Colchagua Valley