De Gras Carmenere Reserva 2014



Deep purple / red in colour with a full bouquet of spice, oak and black fruit and a firm but juicy palate. Offers plum, damson and curranty characters alongside well integrated toasty oak and layers of vanilla. Very good example of Carmenere.

The grapes came from the MontGras Estate vineyards in the Colchagua Valley. MontGras Carmenère Reserva is made from this little known French grape variety, which was originally grown in Bordeaux for use in the classic blend of the region. In the 1800’s it was brought to Chile and has since thrived, although it is seldom seen outside Chile. Through recent genetic testing of vines, we have discovered that much of what was originaly thought of as Chilean Merlot, is in fact Carmenere, easily mistaken as here it produces soft, full and rounded red wines, of which MontGras is an excellent example.

Harvested in May. Following a cold soak, the destemmed crushed grapes were fermented at 25° to 32°C with total skin contact for 20 days. 80% of the wine was finished for 5 months in second-use 70% French and 30% American oak.

Teriyaki pork chops, lamb chops with minted potatoes and zucchini or blackened steak salad.

13.5% abv

De Gras Carmenere Reserva 2014
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