Carmenere


This is the Spring Into Summer Case from Tesco Wine By The Case which I’ve been sent to review. It’s £54 for one of each of the bottles, the estimated bottle prices below are those where the wines aren’t available individually. Valtier Utiel-Requeña Reserva 2009, Spain (~£9 Tesco) Some mature […]

Tesco’s Spring Into Summer red collection


Altaïr Sideral 2014, Cachapoal, Chile (£20 Hanging Ditch) Desperately young wine, very Chilean in its blackcurrant intensity, and with the imprint of new oak still to the fore, but behind the currently shouty youthful flavours, there are notes of spice, tobacco and herbs, and enough of a backbone to support […]

Altaïr Sideral 2014, Cachapoal, Chile


Really like this Perez Cruz Limited Edition Carmenère 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile (£13.99 Virgin Wines) Has the classic Carmenère notes of herbal coffee bean and dark berry fruit, but alongside the sweet core of brooding blackcurrant and blackberry fruit, there’s a vibrant freshness and a touch of spice too. Good […]

Perez Cruz Limited Edition Carmenère 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile



Viña Ventisquero Root 1 Carmenère 2014, Colchagua, Chile (£8 Morrisons) A wine that always stays just the right side of jammy, with lively dark berry and blackcurrant flavours, earthy coffee bean notes and a fresh, herby finish. Maybe there’s a slightly dry edge to the tannins, but overall this is […]

Viña Ventisquero Root 1 Carmenère 2014, Colchagua, Chile


Viña Ventisquero Root 1 Carmenère 2013, Colchagua, Chile (£7.99 Morrisons) Toasty chocolatey aromas, then bold blackberry and cassis, with an exotic edge of coffee bean. Good, but maybe a touch too medicinal for greatness. B(-) Casa Silva Los Lingues Carmenère 2013, Colchagua, Chile (£14.95 The Derbyshire Wine Co, Bayley & […]

Two Carmenères from Chile


Another demo of how with CyT, big can be beautiful Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenère 2012, Peumo, Chile (£12.50 Slurp.co.uk) Bold young red with dense damson, blackcurrant and blackberry flavours pepped up by notes of spice, chocolate and green coffee bean. Despite the fruity promise, there’s still […]

Marques de Casa Concha Carmenère 2012, Peumo, Chile