Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Frontera Valle Central Carmenere NV 75+ Points

Medium clear, dark cherry red with slight brown / mahogany rim.

Clean, medium plus intensity, prunes, raisin and ripe plums note, spicy, earthy character, dry straw note, old world restraint, possibly a splash of wood.

Dry, with some residual sugar, fresh, plump to overipe plums notes, rubber, dusty tannins, not much complexity, short lenght.

Comparing to the other Casilliero del Diablo Carmenere (88 Points) which is more delicate, yet fruit driven, complex and juicy, this is a rather poor example of Carmenere, and it being available in South African supermarket, this example is not doing any justice to Chilean wines in SA.

For it's price, there are far more better quality red from Bordeaux varietal grown in SA.

Frontera is made by Concha y Toro