This grape variety offers structure and firm, fine-grained tannins. It is colorful and very aromatic, with distinct black fruit, blackcurrant, licorice, and mint. Its secret: its advantageous tannins give it great aging potential.
Carménère, originally from Bordeaux is now being cultivated in significant quantities in Chile. Characterized by the presence of spicy notes. In the mouth, an initial attack of black cherry, sweet tobacco and cinnamon gives way to just a touch of earthiness and ripe bell pepper.
There are three main styles of Merlot—a soft, fruity, smooth wine with very little tannins; a fruity wine with more tannic structure; and, finally, a brawny, highly tannic.
Pinot noir is arguably the most charismatic of all grape varieties, and without doubt the hardest to get right. When it works, though, it’s sublime. No other grape has the same power of seduction, from its naturally delicate colour to the charming raspberry and cherry notes of a young pinot noir, through to the more.
The key selling point of Sauvignon Blanc is its straightforwardness – the flavors are rarely hidden away in the background. Also, there is a particularly close correlation between the perceived flavors and their descriptors, making Sauvignon Blanc an ideal wine with which to begin wine-tasting lessons.
Chardonnay is a very special white wine style, in that it’s really good at expressing the place where it’s been grown and techniques used in the winery. In warm climates chardonnay takes on tropical fruit flavours and aromas. As winemakers seek out cooler sites for the grape, in Chile in particular, wines with a more linear structure and subtle nuances of flavour…
Syrah is a quintessentially Mediterranean-climate variety, a big cropper resistant to pests and diseases, producing dark, inky, aromatic reds with black fruit flavours and peppery, spicy characteristics.