Montgras Carmenere Colchagua 2014

Montgras, Reserva Especial, Carmenere, Valle de Colchagua, Chile, 2014

Carmernere, though vastly declined in popularity in its original Bordeaux home, with just 20ha in 2008, it remains a possible ingredient in AOC/AOP Bordeaux wines. It ripens late which is a potential problem in Bordeaux, whereas in Chile (where many plantings were misidentified as merlot until ampelographic studies proved otherwise in the mid-1990s), with its benevolent warmer drier climate, and longer ripening period, plantings stood at 17,000ha in 2008.  Harvest character [Wine Grapes, by Robinson et al]:

  • Before fully ripe – green pepper and herbaceous
  • Just ripe  – red berries and black pepper
  • Fully ripe – black berry, blueberry, chocolate and coffee; but tends to lose acidity

This wine: Varietal carmenere, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, £10

WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity purple, showing tears.

Nose: clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas of black berry, black cherry, sweet red plum juice, peony, spice, herbal, vanilla and woody notes, and a whiff of dark chocolate.

Palate: a dry wine, medium acidity, smooth fine-grained medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol and a full body, with a smooth rich texture, a medium (+) intensity, and flavours of spicy black berry, black cherry, red plum, creamy vanilla, and a warm herbal undertone. A long length with a clean black fruit finish on a moderate gummy grip.

Quality: a very good quality wine, on the turn but still more purple than ruby, richly flavoured, with summed acidity and tannins harmonious with the alcohol and the low-key residual sugar, that does not qualify as off-dry. Whilst showing an interesting nose, good levels of flavour concentration and fruit intensity, on a not quite velvety texture, following through to the long length, this wine shows little complexity, with multiple aromas but an  unchanging nose.

Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now. The level of complexity indicates a shorter rather than longer lifespan, and with age, the tannin level will reduce so affecting the structure and balance, this leads to a conclusion of development and improvement over just 2-3 years.

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