In a nutshell:
A cracking, silky and fruity Chilean Carmenere that's a bit of a steal of a price.
Carmenère is originally a Bordeaux variety, but today Chile, where it's long been planted, is really its spiritual home and the Caliterra estate, who make this wine, are based in the central Colchagua valley where it really thrives. After fermentation in stainless steel about a third of it is aged in re-used oak barrels to give a subtle depth. There are lashings of ripe blackberries and blueberries on the nose which blend with soft spicy notes of cinnamon and black pepper on the palate. It's nicely rounded, smooth and fruity with a good body, balanced acidity, mild tannins and a nicely persistent finish.
When to drink:
Mouthfilling and rewarding and very versatile, it's a good partner to grills and roasts, casseroles and stews and pizza and pasta.
Suitable for Vegans