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19th May 2013

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Casa Silva, Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenère 2012, Chile
Carmenère, a forgotten grape of Bordeaux found thriving in Chile's vineyards, has become Chile's signature grape, here blended with the more familiar Caberenet Sauvignon. This wine from the family-owned Casa Silva has abundantly fresh, red and black fruit aromas, much more focused on juicy red plum and berries than the cassis darkness of most Cab-dominated wines. There is a touch of chocolate, but also a touch of sappy, almost Beaujolais-like freshness too. On the palate it is all about fruit (only 10% of the wine was aged in oak) with those fruit-forward flavours, low acidity and discreet background tannins making it very approachable, whilst there's enough food-friendly structure. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas. From £7.69, Avery's, Winerack, see all UK stockists on wine-searcher.

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