Odfjell Aliara has a concentrated deep violet colour and the nose is attractive and intense with a range of aromas from the different varieties in the blend, including dry fruit aromas such as hazelnuts, dates and dried figs, floral notes of jasmine and roses and, finally, hints of chocolate. On the palate it is sophisticated and intense with juicy dried fruits with notes of chocolate, coffee and tobacco leaves. The finish is long with ripe and velvety tannins.
The grapes come from quality vineyards and vines aged twenty to eighty years old from Cauquenes, the Lontué Valley, the Maule Valley and the Colchagua Valley. There is selective pruning thorughout the growing season with elimination of shoots during spring, removal of interior leaves after set and three selections of the best grape clusters, the first after set, the second on veraison and the last one before harvest. The grapes were hand-picked.
It is a blend of Carignan, Malbec, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon and they are hand-picked and put into 15 kg trays and 400kg bins. The bunches are destemmed and the whole berries had five to six days of cold maceration at 14°C prior to fermentation followed by fifteen days of maceration at 25ºC after fermentation. Selected yeasts were used during the fermentation which took place in small tanks from 1,000 Lts (T bins) to 10,000 Lts. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place spontaneously in barrels to soften the acidity. Aging takes place in 100% new oak French oak barrels for 18 months.