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Odfjell Armador Merlot


Odfjell Vineyards was created by Norweigian shipping magnate Dan Odfjell. A lifelong mariner, Odfjell first visited Chile during the early 1980’s. Struck by the breathtaking scenery of the Maipo Valley, he decided to purchase a plot of land. He planted his first vines in 1991, and released his debut vintage in 2000. Today the winery has 85 hectares of vineyards. French born Arnaud Hereau looks after winemaking, while Chilean Arturo Labbé oversees the vineyards. Their vineyard holdings include some of the regions oldest vines (up to 100 years old). In the vineyard they practice biodynamic viticulture (certified by Demeter), and employ a team of low impact Norwegian fjord horses to prevent soil compaction.

The Armador (meaning “Shipowner” in Norwegian) Merlot is made from grapes harvested in mid-March from biodynamically farmed vineyards located in Padre Hurtado (Alto Maipo). Once in the cellar and destemmed, the grapes were spontaneously fermented using indegenous yeasts for 7 days in 40,000-liter stainless steel tanks. Total maceration time was around 16 days. Following malolactic fermentation (conversion of malic acid to lactic acid), the wine was aged in stainless steel tanks.
Deep garnet in color, on the nose this wine shows ripened aromas of black cherries, cassis and bay leaf. Voluptuous and mouth filling on the palate, it is brimming with blue-fruit and fine tannins. Flavours of blackberry and plum lead into a lingering dark-chocolate finish. Don’t listen to Paul Giamatti and the so-called “Sideways Effect” (seriously, an actual thing). We should all be drinking more Merlot, starting with this tasty bottle from Chile. For service, we suggest giving this wine a short decant. It will pair well with most pork dishes and red meats (saucy meatloaf, yum!)

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