Carménère, originally planted in the Médoc region of Bordeaux, is one of the ten red grape varieties allowed in Bordeaux red blends. Now rarely found in France, Carménère made its way to Chile in the 19th century (long story!) and in recent years has become the known staple of Chilean wine.
Carménère loves a long growing season in moderate to warm climates, like we have here in the South Okanagan. It also does not particularly enjoy high levels of rain or irrigation; perfect for our semi-arid climate on the Osoyoos East Bench. Our first small Carménère block was planted in our Home vineyard in 2005, with another block planted shortly after at our Stubbs vineyard. We remain one of only a few wineries in British Columbia producing a varietal Carménère wine.
A cult classic that never disappoints. The 2019 vintage of Carménère is a medium-bodied red wine with a medium ruby colour. The wine bursts on the nose with notes of lilac, rose, cranberries and hints of black pepper. The palate is profiled by the smooth tannin structure, which allows for the glassy and luxurious mouthfeel to shine. The crisp acid profile of the wine highlights flavours of dark cherries, cedar and clove on the palate with a long, savoury finish. A wine with an elegance that is unmatched. Our 2019 Carménère drinks well now, but will also develop in the bottle over the next seven years. Delightful.
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