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Viña Falernia Carmenere Reserva, Elqui Valley Award Winning

Viña Falernia Carmenere Reserva, Elqui Valley 2014

Elqui Valley

Chile

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Product details

  • Winemaker

    Aldo Olivier and Giorgio Flessati
  • Variety

    Carmenere
  • The colour is brilliant and deep, the nose intense with aromas of brambly black fruit, espresso, spice and just a hint of capsicum. Robust and dense on the palate, super-velvety tannins, fine oak nuance and positively bouncing with blackcurrant fruit. A hugely impressive wine that benefits from the grapes being dried, hand-picked at harvest and grown at high altitude.

    We sometimes compare this to Amarone - but it's actually a standalone super wine, rich, dense, complex - perfect in fact!

  • Alcohol

    15%
  • When to drink

    Drink now
  • Bottle

    75
  • Style

    Richly Textured & Full Bodied Red
    • Vegan

Press ReviewPress

This looks much less blue than I would have expected for such a young wine. Quite mature! Very different from the other Carmenères in this range - much sweeter and more evolved. The back label reveals that the grapes from this single vineyard, at 550m, were partially dried on the vine and the wine aged in American oak. All is explained. It works! A very attractive, non-heavy whole, grown on limestone. Drink: 2015-2018.

Jancis Robinson, MWJancisRobinson.com

Best wine to go with LAMB RUMP CHETTINAYAD - Matching wine with Indian dishes is never easy, but get it right, and it’s far better than drinking lager! It’s all about matching the intensity of the spices and the flavourings to the wine’s intensity . Vina Falernia Carmenère Reserva is just the ticket in this case. This is a southern Indian dish packed full of heat, and spice; with its tomato base, it needs a rich, spiced red, which will cope with the chilli, and curry leaf intensity. This Chilean star, from the far north of the country is a worthy match, parrying the boldness of the dish, and the natural sweetness of the lamb with its own, bright, sassy, voluptuously spiced-up character. Heady blackberry fruit, cinnamon spice, shavings of dark chocolate and a swagger of Latin American ‘come hither’. Look no further.

Angela MountCrumbs Magazine

(Original review of 2012 vintage, but describes the current vintage accurately also.) Chilean Carmenère works best, for me at least, when growers allow it to express some of its natural herbal character without letting it take over. Just a seasoning of green, rather than a humid greenhouse-full of tomato plant, adds a certain freshness which reminds me of the light red wines made from cabernet franc in France’s Loire Valley. More serious examples can take on flavours of dark chocolate and soy sauce, as well as the classic super-ripe Chilean blackcurrant. But one of my favourite carmenères, from Viña Falernia in northern Chile’s Elqui Valley, takes its cue from northeastern Italy, using a portion of dried grapes in the manner of Amarone della Valpolicella to make a deep, rich, sensuous red full of chocolate, sweet spice and dried and fresh black fruit.

David WilliamsThe Observer

Winemaking

Grapes hand picked from a Vineyard located in Vicuña area called “Rio” and pedregal has been hand picked very late (beginning of June) after 2 more months on the vines to get more concentration . Grapes partially dried. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tank with pistons to have extraction of soft tannins, colour and aromas of over ripe fruits. 100% malolactic fermentation. Aged in American oak barrels oak for 8 months.

  • Vintage

    2014
  • Producer

    Vina Falernia
  • Closure

    Cork
  • Residual Sugar

    3.5g/l
  • Titratable Acidity

    4.6g/l
  • Case Size

    6
  • SKU

    68426114

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