Treasures of Chile – Carménère

Forget Sierra Madre, this is a real story of hidden treasure lost for 150 years!

This variety is practically unique to Chile. Carménère once formed part of the blend in classic Bordeaux wines, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. However as a low cropping and rather fickle vine it was not replanted after phylloxera ravaged the vineyards of Europe in the late 19th century.

It was believed extinct, but nearly 150 years later it was rediscovered in Chile – Carménère had survived, even thrived, in the drier Chilean climate where it was assumed to be a type of Merlot. Its true identity was revealed as recently as 1994 by a visiting ampelographer’s careful comparision of leaves, bunch shape, this was later confirmed by DNA testing. 

It’s assumed that Carménère vines were shipped along with other classic claret varieties from Bordeaux around the world in the 1850s to European settlers who established vineyards along the lines of the great Bordeaux estates in their newly adopted countries.

Ventisquero ‘Grey’ Carménère 2008    £141.85 case 12 including VAT £11.82 each Ventisquero Grey Carmenere_350px JPG

Deep red colour with dark purple heart

An expressive nose of red berries, blueberries, blackberries and black cherries with spicy undertones of cacao.

Full-bodied, mouth filling but not fat, this has concentrated ripe black and red fruit flavours balanced by soft, elegant tannins and long mellow finish.

Carménère 85 % Syrah 7.5 % Cabernet Sauvignon 7.5%

Sourced from plot 5 of the Trinidad vineyard, Maipo Valley, Chile. Matured in French oak casks for 18 months, then aged in bottle for a further 8 months before release.

Ventisquero is a relatively new wine Chilean winery, founded in 2000. The Grey range is the personal project of Head Winemaker Felipe Tosso and ex Penfold’s chief winemaker John Duval. The focus is on terroir and elegance, these are unique wines, each is made from the fruit of single plots within Ventisquero’s vineyards in the Maipo Alto, Casablanca and Apalta areas of Chile.

Delivery is free for orders over £250, we charge £15 for orders below this value.  Deliveries to some areas including the Highlands, Islands and Northern Ireland may cost more.

Other Ventisquero wines are available, bottles can be mixed with other wines from our lists.

    case 12 each
Ventisquero ‘Grey’ Carménère 2008 £141.85 £11.82
Ventisquero ‘Grey’ Merlot 2007 £141.85 £11.82
Ventisquero ‘Grey’ Syrah 2008 £141.85 £11.82
Ventisquero ‘Heru’ Pinot Noir 2009 £237.60 £19.80
Ventisquero ‘Vertice’ Carmenere-Syrah 2006 £237.60 £19.80

All prices include VAT @ 20%

In Spanish ventisquero is a cirque or snowfield, a mountain area where heavy snow accumulations occur. Before the term glaciar (Spanish for glacier) replaced it glaciers in Patagonia called ventisqueros.


About Coe Vintners Fine Wine

Coe Vintners Fine Wine is part of the Coe Group, one of the leading wine and spirit suppliers in the UK. An independent family business established in 1930, Coe Vintners will celebrate 85 years continuous trading in 2015.
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