Carmenere (pronounced car-men-yare) is to Chile what Sauvignon Blanc is to Marlborough and New Zealand – it’s just what they do best!
Concha Y Toro are one of Chile’s big name producers and a top winery on the international stage. That’s why for as long as we can remember they’ve been in the Top 10 Most Admired Wine Brands in the Drinks International annual report. In 2023 they made it to number eight, nice one!
Frontera (FRONT-era – not the dairy giants!) is their every day drinking range of wines made for immediate enjoyment at prices that won’t stretch the purse strings too much. The importer has decided to cull this from their portfolio so what was a wine selling in the $12-14 price point is now under the $10 mark to clear the final stocks!
The Frontera wines were the official wines to the Grammy Music Awards so if a medium to full bodied, soft and fruity style red sounds like a bit of you it’s time to turn it up and chuck some in your shopping cart now!
Never heard of Carmenere? Don’t worry let’s give you a quick run down so you can sound like a pro! Originating from Bordeaux in France the grape is a member of the Cabernet grape family – it’s actually half-sibling of Merlot and half-sibling of Cabernet Sauvignon. And it gets its name from the French word for ‘Crimson’.
If you’re pairing this with a feed think pasta, cheese, lamb, grilled chicken and risotto.