Carignan

Description: Very fashionable grape variety these days, having a comeback. It is usually very rustic, with intense aromas, firm tannins and high alcohol level.

Origin: Aragon

Hectares: 600 concentrated in Maule Valley

Requirements: Requires a moderate warm, dry and windy climate to mature. Production takes place on dry land, no irrigation.

Valleys: In Maule valley can find very old Carignan vines (more than 50 years old), Club Carigan placing real foucs on producing high quality Carignan.

Tasting notes:

Colour: Most have an intense ruby colour.

Aromas: Usually express intense floral notes, red fruits, black fruits and sweet herbs (mallow, rosemary, chamomile and mint).

Palate: A structured wine with ripe tannins and high acidity.,red wine variety with more body and tannins. In Chile most Carignan is produced from old vines creating an elegant wine with a smooth and velvety texture.

Pairing: Carignan has rustic notes in the mouth, a lot of volume and herbal notes. Ideal to complement similar flavours such as:

  • Braised meats
  • Stews
  • Marinated poulty and meat.
  • Herby & spicy food.

Wine Source suggests:

Pastel de Papas (shepherds pie)

Beef and pepper stew

 

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