Casas del Bosque Winemaker's Selection Carménère 2017, Rapel Valley

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Casas del Bosque Winemaker's Selection Carménère 2017, Rapel Valley
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You might have heard the story how Carménère came to be a 'big thing' in Chile. They had thought it was Merlot all along until an ampelographer (grape geek) came along and correctly identified it.

Thankfully they took it on the chin, and now made some of the best red wines from the variety. Packed with red fruit flavours with an unmistakable hint of green pepper. If you enjoy roast pork or lamb with mint, it's a superb bottle to have on the table.

Bordeaux's loss (once very widely planted there) is Chile's gain (and yours).

Top 20 Best-Selling Red Wine
With a touch of dark chocolate and a lift of green pepper and herb to go with the dark berry and blackcurrant fruit, this is a sumptuous red...' The Wine Gang
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Percentage Alcohol

13.5

Region

Rapel Valley

Grape Variety

Carménère

Country

Chile

Style

Medium-Bodied Red

Vintage

2017

Food Match

ArrayPork, Spicy Foods, Tomato Based Pasta

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The Producer

Family owned winery Casas del Bosque was founded in 1993 by Juan Cuneo Solari. The son of an Italian immigrant, he had always dreamed of having his own vineyard and chanced upon an area of the Casablanca Valley, 100k due west of Santiago, with its pine forests, olive groves and small, white abandoned adobe houses. He chose to name the winery Casas del Bosque, or “Houses of the Forest.” The winemaking team are evangelical about translating the character of the vineyard and grape in to the final wine, using longer than average skin contact to extract extra flavour from the grapes. Some vineyards are under organic management and the winery is currently beginning the process towards Wines of Chile Sustainability Certification, which is the first step on the way to organic certification.
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Tom Cannavan Reviews

Don't just take our word for it; here's what wine writer Tom Cannavan has to say:

"From the organic vineyards of del Bosque in Chile's Rapel Valley, Carmenere is famously the 'rediscovered' Bordeaux variety once mis-identified in Chile as Merlot. This ramps up the fruit density and sweetness considerably over Bordeaux, but does have a little of the graphite and pencil-shaving character too. A green pepper touch then the fleshy and dense fruit of the palate stays sweetly focused, with woody spices and then soft but supporting tannins and acidity." (2015 vintage)

The Region

Chile’s winemaking history goes back over 460 years, despite a relatively recent introduction to UK wine drinkers thanks to reliable, well-priced wines from recognisable grape varieties. Sandwiched between the Pacific and the Andes, its dry, warm climate enjoys high temperatures which are moderated by the cooling effects of these two great forces of nature. The Casablanca Valley is a real deal ‘cool-climate’ region, a current buzzword among wine lovers which to denote a (generally) New World wine region which enjoys a more European style climate and therefore wines
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Carolina Style Ribs

A classic Southern barbecue recipe with a sweet, sticky rub calls for a rich, spice-laden red to square up to the complex layers of spice in the dish. Cook long and slow with a glass of Casas del Bosque Carménère in hand.
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Blackened Steak With Red Wine Jus

A simple rump steak calls for a full-bodied red to square up to the dense structure of the meat. Head to rich, structured reds with some oak ageing to give a touch of spice, just like the Casas del Bosque's Carménère.
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Puy Lentil Bolognese Recipe

A rich, earthy, veggie sauce will complement a bright, fruity red - try an approachable South American or Southern Italian red with plenty of fruit flavour. Just like our Chilean Carménère from Casas del Bosque.
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