The spy of the grape world, living under cover in Chile until recently. This medium bodied flavoursome red is experiencing a surge of popularity and rightly so.
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What you need to know
Carménère to Chile is what Malbec is to Argentina, an adopted local hero who flourishes in the conditions.
The wines are incredibly versatile often a mix of rich berries, chocolate and sometimes a hint of pepper.
The Carmenere grape travelled to Chile from France and was planted with Merlot where, for many years, the two were considered to be the same. Giving Chilean Merlot a distinctively different character. In 1994 it was confirmed that the two were different and the stand-alone Chilean Carménère was born.
These wines are great with food and do well with anything from a curry to a roast beef dinner.
Top tip – you can get some serious quality from this grape at half the price of wines of similar quality around the world so it is a great restaurant winelist choice.
This wine makes you sit up and take notice. Powerful, intense, smoky and fruity all at once it could be overpowering but for a velvety elegance that lets it slide down and leaves you wanting more.