San Pedro Gato Negro Valle Central Carmenere 2017 $14.99

Wow!  How bright and pretty does this wine look in the glass?  Glossy, crimson craziness is what greets you when you pour it, then you’re hit with aromas of bay leaf, thyme, violets and cherry-choc notes.  A whoomph (technical term there) of spice, cocoa and a warming texture leads to a long, smile-inducing finish.  A great […]

JK.14 Nonno Mario Carmenere 2015 $19.99

This might be the very first Italian Carmenere I’ve ever tasted and I totally love it. Imported by ex-All Black John Kirwan and his daughter Francesca, here’s a highly fragrant example that’s beautifully floral on the nose, scented with roses and bouquet-garni herbs, blackberry and pepper. There’s a softness in the mid-palate, savoury notes, graphite, […]

Bisquertt Riserva Petirrojo Carménère

Bisquertt Riserva Petirrojo Carménère 2014 $18 Chilean’s had no idea why much of their merlot tasted so different to the rest until a canny Ampelographer (google it) came along and said “that’s because it’s carménère”. Previously one of the 6 varieties permitted in red Bordeaux, this Colchagua-grown example oozes black berryfruit, tobacco-box oak, dried herb […]

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