Origin: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Taste guide: Full bodied, black fruits, spice notes, vanilla and chocolate, oaked
75cl - 14% - cork closure
suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians
The Medalla Real brand was born in 1983 in honour of Francisco García Huidobro, ancestor to the founding family of Viña Santa Rita and Marqués de Casa Real, who established the first Mint in Chile. To commemorate the Bicentennial of this event, a medal was coined with his profile and the symbol of the Spanish royal crown. Medalla Real is the label used by Viña Santa Rita for some of their best wines.
Carménère is now regarded as Chile's flagship red grape. Historically from Bordeaux it had been a key component of some of the greatest Clarets but virtually died out there when the tiny phylloxera bugs ravaged Europe in the nineteenth century. This vine was only saved by cuttings which had been taken to Chile. So, it's no wonder that Santa Rita use Carménère to make this fantastically structured Gran Reserva, styled like a classic Bordeaux.
The grapes are from two main areas within the Colchagua Valley, famed for its exceptional red wines - especially Carménère where the Mediterranean climatic conditions are ideal for Carménère. Fermented by traditional methods using selected yeasts the new wine remained on its skins for another 20 days to develop the well-rounded sweetness that characterizes this wine. This wine was aged in French oak barrels (25% new and 75% of second and third use) for 10 months to further develop its structure and fix the colour. The results is a wines of great concentration, soft tannins and great length.
Deep and intense ruby red in colour with a complex bouquet that combines the variety's typical fresh black fruits and spicy notes that blend elegantly with rich oak to heighten the wine's chocolate and vanilla characteristics. The result is a big and flavoursome wine that is concentrated and persistent without sacrificing elegance or depth.
The firm tannins make this ideal with red meat.
BRONZE Decanter World Wine Awards 2019
BRONZE International Wine Challenge 2019
Wine Enthusiast Magazine - 91 Points
Sells elsewhere for £12.99 and over.
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