video review: wine of the week
Odfjell, Old Vines Carignan 2011, Chile
A Norwegian shipping magnate owns this estate in Chile's Maule Valley, hence the hard to pronounce 'Odfjell' name - the family name of owner Dan Odfjell (play the video to hear the pronunciation).
Odfjell has made something of a speciality of old vines Carignan, a minor grape of southern France that is making some splendid wines in Chile. This comes from old, unirrigated vineyards, which helps
give a natural sense of concentration. On the nose it has beautiful and refined, mineral-touched and fresh black fruit aroma, brushed with crushed raspberry and delicate spice. On the palate
there is more of the same: a little oak ageing adds some vanilla, but it is the racy redcurrant and raspberry character, the fresh acidity and smooth tannins that give this such elegance and length.
Watch the video for much more information and food matching ideas. £14.99, Virgin Wines. See all stockists on wine-searcher.com
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