What We're Drinking: Simon & Errazuriz Single Vineyard





Errazuriz are a new world wine producer that very much believe in the wine making philosophy that is more common in the old world called terroir. This is a belief that best wines must be an expression of one plot of land and all that entails from altitude to climate to aspect. As their founder, Don Maximiano, succinctly put it "From the best land, the best wine." The Single Vineyard range is Errazuriz’s ultimate expression of this philosophy.

As the name, Errázuriz Single Vineyard Carmenère,  clearly states this is 100% Carmenere, a variety which is increasingly associated with Chilean wine making. Originally from Bordeaux it is now almost completely gone from its native home with only a couple of Chateaux continuing to grow it e.g. Mouton Rothschild.

After it was imported to Chile it became increasingly confused with Merlot because of its similar taste profile and was often grown unknowingly side by side. It has since been separated by DNA identification and has now been taken by some producers as a Chile’s adopted grape, much in the same way Argentina has done with Malbec.

This is a serious example of Carmenere a marvellous expression of this underrated grape variety and the perfect place to begin your Carmenere journey. It has a similar palate to Chilean Merlot, as I previously stated, with ripe blackberry and plum fruit flavours with fresh cut herbal notes ‘sprinkled’ over the top. If that's all a bit pretentious for you (sorry) think the flavour and softness of Merlot combined with the power and weight of a good Oz Shiraz and you're about there. Right now it's at 33% off so now is the time to try a bottle and see if Carmenere is for you. I think most of you big red wine drinkers will say yes!

Written by: Simon Robins

Simon Robins is somewhat of a wine expert, not just in the liquid, but planning and analysis, logistics and operations management - having spent eight years working for the UK's largest wine mail order company. 

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