Carmen vineyards and winery were established in 1850, in Chile. They have always focussed on quality, this has been partly driven by trying to provide suitable wines for an export market, not just home consumption. Carmen were the first Chilean winery to become certified as an organic wine producer, which are sold under the Nativa label. They were at the forefront of discovering and promoting the Carmenere grape variety, which for a long time was thought to be extinct. We have their Carmenere, but today we are focussing on the Carignan wine, as it has a really nice pink label!
The Carignan comes from their Gran Reserva range, which is made from selected high quality parcels of fruit, from around the Maule Valley in Chile. The Carignan variety is widely found in southern France, where it makes up the blend of red wines from the Languedoc and southern Rhone. This particular wine is really supple and generous with ripe red fruits. It has been aged in oak for 12 months, but the wood flavours do not over power the vibrant red fruit. This is a lovely warming autumnal red, which will match hearty food, but is smooth enough to enjoy on its own.