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Viña Von Siebenthal Carmenère Gran Réserva 2019

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£22.50

Medium-bodied Carmenère / Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Aconcagua in Chile, Viña Von Siebenthal Carmenère Gran Réserva 2019 is similar in body to a lighter style of Cabernet Sauvignon but is full of intense and concentrated dark fruit and spicy flavours. Lower in alcohol for this vintage and with its usual smooth texture, this wine is really rather elegant.

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Wine Style

Red Wine, Smooth Elegant Red

Grape Variety

Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon

Wine Region

Aconcagua

Country

Chile

ABV

12.50%

Oaked

Yes

Cork

Cork

Lifestyle

Organic

Volume

75cl

Drink By

2028

Description

Viña Von Siebenthal Carmenère Gran Réserva 2019, a lovely blend of 85% Carmenère and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, smells divine – intense ripe, sweet black fruits like blackberries, blackcurrants and plums with smoky spice and chocolate notes. On the palate the wine is just as you expect from the aromas, concentrated flavours of those lush black fruits and blueberries with cedary and spicy notes – smoky paprika comes to mind – plus dark chocolate and eucalyptus. The 2019 vintage saw intense heat and drought in Chile and yields were down even further than usual at Von Siebenthal. Whilst this meant fewer grapes, those that remained added really concentrated aromas and flavours to the wine. Nevertheless you may need to swirl your glass or slurp some air in when tasting the wine to encourage all those aromas and flavours to unfold.  Despite all that rich fruit and the spicy notes, I categorise Von Siebenthal Carmenère 2019 as a smooth, elegant red wine, more medium- than full-bodied like a lighter style of Cabernet Sauvignon. Alcohol is much lower in this 2019 vintage despite the heat and good acidity was retained to keep the wine fresh.

 

The Carmenère grape is most frequently seen in wines from Chile (and to a lesser degree from Italy) but it actually originates from Bordeaux though only a little is grown there now. It was recently found to be directly related to Cabernet Franc and indirectly to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Carmenère is used for its perfume and flavour and generally needs a relatively hot climate to ripen sufficiently; the Aconcagua Valley benefits from long dry autumns with little or no rain or hail. In this Viña Von Siebenthal Carmenère Gran Réserva 2019, produced organically in a single vineyard, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon has been added to provide acidity and structure. You can find out more about this grape and its wines in my Carmenère blogpost.

 

Viña von Siebenthal, whose fruity Carabantes I also stock, has its four main vineyards in the historical wine-growing area of Panquehue, a small sub-appellation of the Aconcagua Valley in Chile between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. The semi desert conditions bring lots of sunshine and mean that vine diseases are rare. The vines are cultivated using organic farming principles and the yields are reduced to intensify the aroma of the grapes.

 

Producer's Notes

“Our Gran Reserva embodies a high degree of complexity and delicacy: it’s the wine that Bacchus would carry in his satchel…

AROMA AND BOUQUET – This is an intense, complex wine of great character. The aromas that stand out include blackberries and blackcurrant intermingled with notes of cedar, tobacco, coffee and roasted hazelnuts.

FLAVOUR – A sweet, concentrated and full-bodied beginning is balanced with soft tannins and a long, elegant finish.”

How to enjoy this wine

Drink on its own or with hearty food; this wine will not fade in the presence of hot spices and dishes such as chilli con carne. Also beef and lamb casseroles, roast beef, lamb. Olly Smith has also written about how well this wine goes with curry: “Aromatic, plump and layered with delicious spice to champion curries all-round from masala to madras. Awesome.”

 

Serve at: 15 – 18°C

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