#newwinethisweek – Week 2 Chilean Carmenere
We got off to a good start with Aussie Riesling in week 1 – you lot seemed to have enjoyed it too with an average score of 7.7/10 – lots of voting but more comments and reviews please!
Now it’s time for some serious red action… something big, bold and wintry. And there is one grape that does all of this, wrapped in a velvety texture and just feels right for January… Carménère from Chile.
Carmenere is Chile’s secret weapon; although it’s origins are in Bordeaux. Phylloxera spelt the end of Carmenere in Europe; the grape didn’t take well to grafting when phylloxera-resistant American rootstocks were introduced. It is a grape that needs lots of sun to fully ripen but boy is it worth waiting for… and in Chile it is the superstar grape and one you are going to love. I’ll be drinking mine with something very meaty that has been cooked long and slow; I picked up a wonderful piece of mutton breast at the market yesterday so that’s a possibility… or a boeuf bourguignon… or cassoulet… you get the picture!
But it’s time for you to discover this all for yourself. All I ask is that you buy a bottle, drink a bottle, then come back here, tell us all what you think and give it a score out of ten.
So less talking, here are a few suggestions from the supermarkets and a couple of indepedents:
Waitrose Reserva Carmenere 2011 (Waitrose £5.99 was £7.99)
Tesco Finest Carmenere 2012 (Tesco £7.99)
Vina Von Siebenthal Carmenere 2011 (Roberson £16.95)
Perez Cruz Carmenere Limited Edition 2009 (Wine & the Vine £14.95)
(This was one of my favourite wines of 2013)
Mike from www.pleasebringmemywine.com is getting married at the weekend – good luck buddy! – but he has promised to provide some of his own recommendation later in the week, so look out for them.