Origin: Rapel Valley, Chile - Luis Felipe Edwards
Taste guide: Medium bodied, dark stone fruit, chocolate and coffee notes, spice and pepper, unoaked
75cl - 13.5% - screwcap
The story of Carmenère in Chile has been told frequently, with this Bordeaux grape being brought to Chile in 1850, where for over 140 years it was mistaken for Merlot until it was “rediscovered” by a French ampelographist in 1994. Now regarded as Chile's signature red grape, whereas in Europe it has never recovered from the phylloxera plague that swept Europe in the late 19th century and is now quite rare.
This wine was produced by Viña Luis Felipe Edwards, one of Chile’s largest family-owned wineries, who have been dedicated to producing wines of the highest quality since 1976. Their estate vineyards contain vines of up to 75 years old, with this wine made from grapes grown in the renowned Rapel Valley. LFE wines have consistently won awards from some of the most prestigious competitions and wine critics around the world. In addition, LFE has been awarded for being one of the best New World and Chilean wine producers, almost consecutively since 2012.
The fruit was vinified in Luis Felipe Edwards's winery in Nancagua using a blend of traditional and modern techniques, with stainless steel vats throughout.
The resultant wine is bright violet-red in colour. The nose displays aromas of black fruit with hints of black pepper, chocolate, mocha and tobacco. In the mouth it is full, smooth and concentrated. Blackcurrant, cherry and damson fruit flavours with mature inherent tannins and a long finish.
Carménère is not that well represented on the High Street, so here's a chance to indulge yourself with this superb wine. If you like Merlot you will love this - just £6.25 at Binendwines.