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This is a red wine grape variety well-known in Chile. It disappeared from Europe in the mid-19th century and reappeared in Chile under the guise of Merlot 100 years later. Its deep dark purple grapes need a long ripening period to reach their best.
Wines made from Carménère have aromas of berries and spices and well-rounded tannins, making them pleasant and easy to drink.
The star of Chilean wine grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon arrived from France in the mid-19th century and spread rapidly. This variety flourishes in vineyards in Aconcagua, Maipo, Cachapoal and Colchagua, where the warm, dry weather enables the grapes to ripen fully, developing aromas and flavours of delicious red fruit, blackcurrants and figs. Cabernet Sauvignon wines from certain areas, such as Maipo Alto, also have hints of eucalyptus, which lends them freshness. More complex Cabernet Sauvignon wines can reveal notes of tobacco, chocolate, black tea, black olives, liquorice, tar, coffee, graphite, incense and leather.
This grape from Bordeaux came to Chile in the mid-19th century but it was only in the 1990s that it became a popular type of wine. Chilean Merlot, as it was known, has a characteristic hint of green chilli pepper and was found to be a trespasser in the midst of Carménère vines. The vines were separated out and the real Merlot came to be planted in almost every Chilean wine region.
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United States of America, Japan, Brazil, Russia and China
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