Caliterra derives its name from the Spanish calidad or ‘quality’ and tierra ‘land’, combining a passion for viticulture and winemaking to produce environmentally friendly wines of typicity, reflecting their terroir.
The home of Caliterra is the spectacular 1,030ha estate in the heart of Colchagua, a protected valley southeast of Lago Rapel. A total of 250ha have been planted to vine of a possible 415ha. The whole estate is managed with the utmost respect to sustainable agricultural practices; not only in the vineyard itself but the surrounding bush land as well, where the grazing of wild horses helps reduce the risk of fire.
High quality grapes are sourced from Caliterra’s vineyards in Curicó and Casablanca. The best of the high density and terraced vineyards on the Colchagua estate provide fruit for the Tributo reds while the Tributo whites come from the cooler Casablanca. The roots of the brand however are firmly in the Colchagua Valley.
Caliterra has implemented various systems in the cellar in order to be increasingly more energy efficient. The most important are the use of gravity flow in all winery operations and free cooling in the barrel room.
Gravity flow consists of using gravity to rack the wines. To facilitate the process, the Caliterra cellar was built on different levels, which is approximately 20% more energy efficient than using pumps. This system prevents pressure and stress on the grapes which can generate a phenolic bitterness in the wine.
The barrel room benefits from a ‘free cooling’ concept to control temperatures. This is a semi-passive system that transfers air between the interior and exterior of the room. To lower the temperature night air is brought in from the vineyard to raise it the system uses daytime air. This is approximately 30% more efficient than conventional methods.
The Colchagua Valley is home to the Caliterra Estate, located 200 km south of Santiago and 60 km from the coast at 150 metres above sea level. Caliterra Estate has approximately 1,085 ha with approximately 75% of untouched land and a Mediterranean climate, where cool nights and gentle breezes temper the sun's energy creating perfectly ripe, intense, concentrated and balanced wines. The grapes for this wine were sourced from different blocks within our property/estate. The soil is granitic and white clay, with quartz deep below.
85% fermented in stainless steel tanks and 15% in barrels of 2nd use at temperatures of 24°- 26°C for approx 12-25 days. The blend is then aged in barrels (14% new French) for 18 months.
This wine's garnet-red colour of medium intensity stands out immediately, revealing a larger presence of grenache in this year’s blend. It displays great complexity on the nose, slowly showing a vast array of aromas which start with herbal and spicy notes, like rosemary and grey pepper, which give way to soft fruity aromas of cassis and blueberries and are completed with soft mineral touches. Floral aromas, as well as some citric notes, such as mandarin, also emerge. Its rich and vibrant acidity stands out on the palate, along with its juicy and fresh structure, making this wine a great Mediterranean blend with a long cellaring potential.
Great with grilled meats, pizza and also rich casseroles and stews.