A long forgotten Bordeaux variety used mostly in blends, back in the bad old pre-phylloxera days of the nineteenth century. Carmenère was virtually wiped out in France by the early twentieth century, but it was rediscovered in Chile in the early 1990s. Originally thought to be merlot because of the similarity of their leaves, it is now grown and made under its own name.
The Antiyal ‘Pure Fe’ expresses purity of fruit, with great concentration, and it is both organic and biodynamic. This has something of Merlot’s richness, but overlays that with dashes of pepper and a lovely earthy note. Red meat obviously, but also mushroom, tomato and black olives. And I’ve road tested it with charcuterie plates and it’s amazing. You’re welcome!
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