Morande, Reserva Carmenere 2006
The Lost Wine Found – It may not be a well-known style but Carmenere is a wine set to stage an almighty comeback thanks to its rise as the signature varietal of the Chilean wine industry.
Carmenere is often referred to as the ‘lost grape of Bordeaux’ as a result of the vines being wiped out in France in the 1800’s due to phylloxera. It was mistaken for Merlot in Chile for decades until its true identity was rediscovered only 17 years ago.
A really good value example is the Morande Reserva Carmenere from the Maipo Valley in Chile. It has a herbaceous tobacco nose, cedary fruit at the front and firm structure and dry finish due to abundant tannins.
It’s a medium bodied wine that has a fullish mouthfeel due to malolactic fermentation.
If you’re at all adventurous, this wine is worth looking for at only about $18.00 a bottle.