Pre-Order Only. Deadline: October 19, 2017
Release Date: January 2018
Prestige. Opulent and rich, Carménère boasts the luscious flavours of red cherries and berries, with hints of spice and leather enhanced with robust tannins.
Carménère is considered the national grape of Chile. Like many of the world’s leading grapes, it was born in the French wine region of Bordeaux. The grape was finicky in the French climate, and often had difficulties ripening. When the Phylloxera plague of 1857 wiped out most of Europe’s vineyards, Carménère was considered extinct. Luckily, before Phylloxera hit Europe, a few Carménère cuttings had been exported to Chile, whose wine region was just getting started. The vines flourished in the drier climate and were soon growing in most Chilean wine regions. But, up until 20 years ago, it was often mistaken for Merlot, despite the different appearance in the vineyard and distinct taste in the glass.
Food Pairings: Cabbage rolls, Pork or beef tacos, Meatballs, Pepper Jack cheese
Juice: 18 Litres
Makes: 23 Litres
Ready to Bottle: 8 weeks
Oak: Medium (American)
Grape Skins: Crushed
Yeast: Bourgovin RC 212
Aging: 8-12 months
Labels Included: Yes
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