In 1991, after a highly successful business career in Chile’s private sector, entrepreneur Eduardo Matte acquired an estate that he would later name Haras de Pirque, in the southwestern part of Pirque, a prestigious winegrowing area situated in the Maipo Valley. Eduardo Matte’s objectives included launching a major winery project, and expanding and improving the existing thoroughbred farm. The property- today covering 600 hectares – gently ascends the lower slopes of a spur of the Andes Mountains. In these foothills, between 1992 and 1993, one
hundred and twenty hectares of vineyards were planted, mainly with the reds Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere, and the whites Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Carmenere is one of a small group of wines that thrives in its adopted land but struggles to gain acceptance at home. It still is used on occasion in France’s Bordeaux region where it adds color and complexity to blends with its distinctive melange of smoky, herbal and gamy tones. In South America, particularly Chile, it ripens fully and the wines take on added layers of dark berry fruit that gives it a balance rarely achieved in France. Dark violet in color with ruby reflections. The nose is rich, with aromas of black fruits – especially blackcurrants – blended with spices, which is characteristic of the Carmenere grape. Smooth, with soft tannins, and perfectly balanced on the palate. This wine is ready to drink now, and ideal for pairing with risotto, pasta dishes and hard cheeses.
Country of Origin: Chile
Price on Date of Tasting: $10.99