Gato Negro Merlot
Intense red with violet tones. Ripe aromas that recall fresh black fruit, such as blackberries. Good intensity, clean, young. Balanced and medium-bodied, pleasant finish. Very gentle tannins; a very friendly, drinkable wine.
$12.00 / Bottle $144.00 / Case
Gato Negro is a well-known wine brand that has been winning awards in competitions across the globe for years. The wines are produced by one of Chile’s oldest and most respected wineries, Viña San Pedro.
San Pedro’s origins date back to 1865, when brothers Bonifacio and José Gregorio Correa, the fifth generation of the family, founded the company on land originally belonging to their ancestors.
Initially cultivated with local grape varieties, these were quickly replaced with vine cuttings brought from France, before Phylloxera devastated the vineyards of Europe.
San Pedro's headquarters are at Molina in the Curicó Valley, 200 km south of Santiago. Viña San Pedro has been owned by Compañía Cervecerías Unidas since 1994 and the winery has risen to new heights under CCU.
90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet sauvignon, the grapes are mechanical harvested at the end of March. When the grapes reach the cellar they are cold macerated for 2 to 3 days before fermentation in stainless steel tanks with controlled temperatures (below 28 °C). These are pumped over 3 times/day in order to obtain a wine with a good color that keeps the full fruity quality of the grape.
Before the alcoholic fermentation is finished, the wine is separated in order to finish the fermentation without any skins. Then the wine is clarified and cold stabilized to avoid unpleasant sediment in the bottle. After sterile filtration, it is bottled, preserving its full structure and intensity.