Cool, herbal aromas of spicy black fruit and tobacco are solid for this Carménère.
In the mouth, this shows pumped up acidity and grating tannins. Angular red plum and cranberry flavors are wiry and dry on the finish.
Pairs naturally well with smoked, grilled or roasted meats, chicken, pork, lamb, beef and veal. Due to its character, it also holds up with and matches perfectly with some spicy dishes and strong, hard cheeses.
The history in Chile of the Carménère, the French vine that was famous in the Bordeaux region in the 18th century, but that in 1860 disappeared due to phylloxera, a plague that affects the roots of the vine. Carménère is considered part of the original six red grapes of Bordeaux. Now rarely found in France, the world’s largest area planted with this variety is in Chile, with more than 8,800 hectares (2009) cultivated in the Central Valley.As such, Chile produces the vast majority of Carménère wines available today and as the Chilean wine industry grows, more experimentation is being carried out on Carménère’s potential as a blending grape, especially with Cabernet Sauvignon.