Luis Felipe Edwards Lot 24 Carmenère 2016

Luis Felipe Edwards Lot 24 Carmenère 2016

A great introduction to premium Carmenère and from one of the best regions for this particular variety, this wine professes juicy, ripe, dark plum, spice and hedgerow fruits and is just a real pleasure on the palate. 
Once a mainstay of Bordeaux, this low-yielding variety was also commonly mistaken for Merlot and they do share some similar characteristics. The relative Mediterranean climate - warm days and cool nights – and the long growing conditions of the Rapel Valley has played a pivotal role in Carmenère becoming Chile’s signature varietal. The Lot 24 is an excellent entry-level Carmenère and a perfect introduction into a grape that is producing increasingly championed wines. 
Chile
Rapel
Rapel
Luis Felipe Edwards
Carmenère
13%
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AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2013

Trophy (Chilean Producer of the Year)

Rapel region of Chile

The Rapel Valley is the heart of all things agriculture in Chile, so it is hardly surprising that this is the home to two of Chile’s best known valleys – Colchagua and Cachapoal.

Cachapoal is the furthest north of the two valleys, and the smaller of the two. This stretches right up into the foothills of the Andes and is best known for its luscious ripe red wines. Chile’s signature red variety, Carmenere, does particularly well in the opposite direction (more towards the coastal range of hills) around the town of Peumo.

Colchagua is an extensive area that nearly covers the entire breadth of Chile and is sandwiched between Cachapoal to the north and the Curico Valley to the south. Like its northern neighbour, red wines rule here, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, but increasingly praised are Colchagua’s Syrah, Malbec and Carmenere.

Carmenère

Once upon a time this grape was widely grown in Bordeaux and with Cabernet Franc helped establish the shining reputation of some of the best estates in that famous region in the 18th century. Since then it has spread its wings somewhat and is now found in the south of France and  in more recent years most notably in Chile, where until the early 90s the variety had been confused with vines that were believed to be Merlot that must have been transported to South America in the 19th century.

Carmenère has the potential to produce very fine red wines which have a lovely juicy, fresh fruit and good tannic structure. It adapts well to being aged in oak and blends well with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.


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Salads & Vegetables
This wine works well with chargrilled and roasted vegetables as well as smoked and cured meats and mushrooms.
Fish & Seafood
A good meaty fish is best served with this wine. A lightly grilled tuna steak or a nice piece of salmon will go down a treat.
Pasta & Other Sauces
This wine works well with tomato based sauces such as bolognese. It will also go with wild mushroom risotto and truffle based sauces.
Meats
Flavourful meats such as beef, pheasant and duck are perfectly paired to this wine or try it with a good sausage casserole and cured meats such as Parma ham.
Herbs & Spices
A broad range of herbs and spices such as mint, nutmeg, garlic and chives can be used to draw out the flavours of this wine.
Spicy Foods
Spanish and Italian dishes work well with this wine - think tuscan beans and arrabbiata.
Cheeses
Tastes delicious served with goat's cheese, cambozola, and mature Cheddar. 
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