Mala Fama, or ‘bad fame’, refers to the historically poor reputation of the Carignan and Carmenère grapes used to make it, both rarely more than bit-part ingredients in Bordeaux and Rhône blends of the past.
The Carignan comes from vines planted in 1958, dry-farmed in the Melozal area of the Maule Valley; the characteristics of the vineyard together with the Melozal climate give highly concentrated fruit, with very good acidity and firm tannins. The Carmenère comes from the Piedra Lisa vineyard, in the Itata Valley, which gives wines with an intense colour, soft tannins and low acidity.
Aged for two years in French oak barrels, the unique blend brings together the best of both varieties, a heart-thumping bad romance that’ll having you going ‘gaga, ooh la la-ah’.
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