Carmenere, De Martino 2015, Maipo Valley, Chile

Country: Chile

Colour / Style: Red

Advent Calendar Day: December 3rd

Maipo Valley is one of Chile’s most important wine-producing regions. Located just south of the capital, Santiago, Maipo Valley is home to some of the country’s most prestigious wines. It is often described as the ‘Bordeaux of South America’.

Carmenere is a dark-skinned grape variety originally from the vineyards of Bordeaux, which has found a particularly suitable home in Chile. A late-ripening variety, Carmenere needs high levels of sunshine and a warm summer to reach its full potential, but in the right environment it can produce fine, deeply coloured red wines, with the attractive meaty plumpness of Merlot and the gently herbaceous notes of Cabernet Sauvignon.

A warm wine with lots of fresh black fruit, it’s well balanced and contains hints of tobacco and vanilla flavours.

Food matching ideas for Herencia Altes include:

· Grilled Pork chops, served with kale and roast potatoes
· Sausage and bean stew
· Creamy lamb curry
· Barbecued lamb chops