In the article “Dos primos tintos (Two red cousins) published in Wikén magazine of the prestigious newspaper El Mercurio, Tapia makes a detailed and complete analysis of the unique characteristics of Carmenere and Cabernet Franc and talks about the greatest Chilean examples of these varieties. Carmín de Peumo was included on the list of top Carmeneres.
In addition, the critic consulted our winemaker Marcio Ramirez, also known as Mr. Carmenere, about what he considers special about the variety from the Cachapoal province. “Carmenere vines are more leafy and vigorous. The harvest comes much later,” said Ramírez, winemaker in charge of Concha y Toro‘s Peumo winery, the terroir where the vineyard’s best Carmenere is produced. Marcio added that “you have to be very careful with the vegetal notes of the franc, which can be horrible. I think both have a tendency to produce those herbal notes. The cabernet franc offers fresher aromas while the herbal notes of the carménère tend to be somewhat cooked.”
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