If you like Argentinian Malbec, you should give this Carménère a go – an organic wine from Colchuaga in central Chile. Like Malbec over the border, it was once common in Bordeaux but has dropped out of use there to find a new ideal habitat in Chilé. It has similar characteristics to Malbec too: fragrant fruit, herbal and spicy notes, and earthy leathery depths.
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Described as the emblematic variety of Chile as Malbec is to Argentina, Carménère finds its most faithful expression in the Colchagua Valley. Located in the renowned Marchigüe area, these vineyards have optimal conditions for the development of the Carménère, resulting in wines of great concentration and structure, with notes of plum and blackberry, with hints of rosemary and pepper.
A Chilean will invite you to enjoy this wine in a large family gathering, with a rich plateada or a pastel de choclo (a pot-roast beef dish and a kind of shepherd’s pie with a layer of mashed corn kernels as the top layer). We say try it with hearty stews or a roast chicken. And yes, shepherd’s pie is always good!