Apalta - Colchagua Valley, Chile
Produced by Alto de Casablanca, Primus 2021 is a full-bodied Chilean Carmenère fragrant with earthy florals, mixed dark berry and wild herb aromas, juicy with dark berry, violets, sage and thyme flavours with a spicy peppery finish. Nicely done. The Caménère vines for this wine are south facing along the Tinguiririca River.
The grapes are handpicked with a double selection before macerating in open stainless-steel tanks with native yeasts. The skins remain after fermentation to give structure and soften its finish. The best blocks from the harvest are then selected and blended before aging in French oak barrels for 12 months.
Nose: Aromas of red fruits, cedar and boldo herbs.
Palate: It’s fresh and fruity in mouth with cherry flavors and a touch of pepper and rosemary. Silky with velvety tannins and good volume.
Food Pairing: Beef empanadas, curried lamb, and stews.
Recommended Serving Temperature: 16º C
"A spicy carmenere with cherries, allspice and black olives. Juicy and lively with the medium-bodied palate wrapped by firm but fine tannins. From organically grown grapes. Drink or hold." - 92 points, James Suckling