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Carmenere is a rarely seen variety from Bordeaux said to be the predecessor of Cabernet Sauvignon.
It’s most often times used as a blending variety, in much the same way as Cabernet Franc or Petit Verdot are used, to give an aromatic lift to the wine and more complexity in the palate.
Here Alex Russell puts Carmenere up in lights. The 2016 vintage earned itself a Gold Medal at the 2016 Australian Alternative Variety Wine Show. It’s a refined, gloriously fragrant version of the variety flying solo and absolutely worth a look for those interested in trying some more obscure French varieties.
What It Tastes Like
Bright mulberry and violet aromas. It’s got a beautiful sweet perfume. It’s medium bodied and juicy with fine savoury silty tannins which make a nice counter point to the sweet berried fruit. Lovely wine. Plenty to like here.
- Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2016
The Carménère grape is a wine grape variety originally planted in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, France, where it was used to produce deep red wines and occasionally used for blending purposes in the same manner as Petit Verdot.
TASTING NOTES: The grandfather of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc - Carmenere is French for Crimson. Beautiful and dark, primary fruit of sour cherry and mint, Carmenere leans more to Franc than Sauvignon. Spicy French oak adds character and complexity.
Alcohol: 15.2% Standard drinks: 8.9
Closure: Screw Cap
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2019
About the Producer
Alex Russell Wines
Alex Russell is on a mission to make the best value, premium versions of alternative varieties in the country. From his home in the Riverlands region, he’s making a very good fist of it. His wines consistently over-deliver and have been very successful on the competitive wine show circuit. Top value with interest to boot.
The sky is the limit for the new look Riverlands. Known historically as a place for producing bulk wine grapes, there is plenty of exploration happening in this region. It is the ideal place to trial new varieties for the country, the warm dry climate suiting many Mediterranean varieties to a tee.
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