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The Carmenere grape was initially planted in Bordeaux, France and was used to create dark red wines. Carmenere is a cousin to the Cabernet variety and its name originates from the French word meaning crimson, which describes the vibrant colors of the variety’s leaves in the autumn. The grape is one of the oldest varieties in Eurpoe, and is thought to be a copy of Cabernet Sauvignon. This variety joins a list of six red wine grapes that originally come from the region of Bordeaux, France. Carmenere cannot be easily found today in France, and is now grown mainly in Chile. The region in Chile where Carmenere is planted boasts of almost 9,000 acres and makes Chile the largest producer of Carmenere wines. Cuttings of the variety were brought to Chile from Bordeaux in the 19th century and were often confused with Merlot. Although the variety is similar to Merlot, growers have managed to maintain the variety in Chile and continue to see the variety thriving. Carmenere is also grown in Italy, California and parts of the United States. This deep colored red wine has the aromas of red fruits, berries and light tannins. Carmenere is used mostly for blending and is perfect to drink when young.

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Siegel San Elias Carmenere 2019

Siegel San Elias Carmenere is made from 100 percent Carmenere.

The nose shows beautiful red and dark fruit aromas, earthy notes and violets with balanced acidity. Supple and round in the mouth, juicy tannins, good concentration.

The wine pairs well with full flavored cheeses and lamb.

 

Siegel Single Vineyard Los Lingues Carmenere 2017

Siegel Single Vineyard Los Lingues Carmenere is made from 100 percent Carmenere. 

An intense violet color. Smells of black fruits that are complemented with notes of figs and spices. Soft, round tannins. Excellent concentration, juicy flavor and very voluminous.

This particular wine received the BEST CARMENERE IN CHILE award during the Cata d'Or Wine Competition.

After carefully determining the moment for the harvest, the grapes are harvested by hand and later de-stemmed and marinated in cold temperatures for 5-6 days. Alcoholic fermentation is between 26ºC and 29ºC during which daily reassembly is implemented according to taste. Post-fermentation infusion lasts for two or three weeks. Once the blend is made, the wine is gently clarified and stabilized in cool temperatures if necessary.


Review:

Spicy black fruit aromas are intense and herbal as Carmenère should be, with a hint of varietally common bell pepper. A plump palate is rich and fruity, but nicely balanced by seemingly natural acidity. Spicy, herbal black fruit flavors are generous and suggest barbecued meat and smoke. On the finish, a minty green character isn't too aggressive. Drink through 2023. 

-Wine Enthusiast 91 Points

"Deep soils, deep colour, lots of flavour: Los Lingues is one of the best places in Chile to grow Carmenère. This is rich, plush and textured, showing green pepper and chocolate flavours and supple, mouth-coating tannins. 2021-25" - Tim Atkin MW (Chile 2020 Special Report), 91 pts

-Tim Atkin 91 Points

 Wine Enthusiast: 91 91 Points
Siegel Special Reserve Carmenere 2019

Siegel Special Reserve Carmenere is made from 100 percent Carmenere.

Viña Siegel is a family operated winery with a well-established tradition and long history. For generations we have been dedicated to the art of crafting wines with strong identities. Our Special Reserve wines represent the union of tradition and innovation in two generations. The grapes are sourced through careful selection of our best vineyards. Their ripe and round tannins clearly express the terroir of Colchagua. Siegel Special Reserve Carmenere has been aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. It has an intense violet-red color, with aromas of black fruits, spices, dark chocolate and dried figs. The palate is balanced and juicy with velvety tannins and a long finish.

Pre-fermentative cold maceration for 5 days, with alcoholic fermentation occurring at 27-29°C for a deeper colour and better structure. Smooth pump overs happen once a day at the winemaker’s discretion. Post-fermentative maceration for 2 weeks. Then the wine is separated from its lees and malolactic fermentation ensues. Once the wine has fermented it is smoothly clarified and cold stabilisation occurs when necessary.

It pairs well with spicy foods, pasta with mushrooms and roasts

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