This is a delicious, supple and generous Carmenere from Chile's Colchagua Valley and shows just how good Carmenere can be when tannins are ripe and in the right hands. The grapes were sourced and handpicked in Carmen's ''El Peñasco'' Vineyard, located in the well-known Colchagua Region and planted on the piedmont of the Apalta Valley's hillsides. Aged for 12 months in oak barrels, it shows an intense and deep violet-red colour with aromas of red fruits and mild spicy notes. On the palate the wine feels generous with great texture and sweet tannins that are both soft and concentrated. Of persistent, vibrant and long ending, it will evolve very well in the bottle, preserving the terroir's character.
3 Point Summary
Very smooth with plum, dark berry flavours and lush tannins.
Did you know..?
The Carmenere grape was rediscovered among the Carmen vineyards, evidence of the winery’s role in pioneering Chilean wine.
SILVER - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2016. BRONZE - Decanter World Wine Awards 2016.
Beef Brisket with Sautéed Garlic Kale
Serve at Temp
16 *C / 61 *F
CARMENERE - Carmenere is a dark-skinned grape variety originally from Bordeaux which has now found a very suitable home in Chile. A late-ripening variety, Carmenere required high levels of sunshine and warmth to reach its full potential when it produces wine of deep colours and a balanced body similar to a Merlot, offering gently herbaceous notes with a lithe sweetness at times.
VINA CARMEN -Vina Carmen was Chile’s first winery, established in 1850 by Christian Lanz, who named the winery in honour of his beloved wife Carmen. In 1992 a new winery was built and new vineyards planted, to produce the best quality wines from Chile. Carmen has been recognized for its quality and for being a pioneer in the Chilean wine industry. The winery has been the leading producer of wines from organically grown grapes and today Viña Carmen is one of the most important in Chile’s premium wine segment.
COLCHAGUA VALLEY, CHILE - The Colchagua Valley can be found in central Chile and is one of South America's most promising wine regions. Some of Chile's finest red wines are made in the valley, mostly from Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Syrah. The region boasts a textbook wine-growing climate: warm, but cooled by ocean breezes and dry, but refreshed by rivers and occasional rainfall.