Metic, Carménère, Chile
Carménère’s history in Chile is certainly an interesting one.
Several enterprising Chilean growers headed to Bordeaux in the mid-1800s to take cuttings which they happily planted back home. The Merlot in particular thrived.
Meanwhile, several natural factors combined in France to effectively render the grape extinct. The Chilean Merlot, which had been producing wine of a somewhat un-Merlot-like character, turned out to be (you guessed it) Caménère and was officially recognised as such in 1998. Handpicked from sustainably grown 30-year-old vines, the grapes are fermented with wild yeast to really highlight the key characteristics of this grape.
The Metic is bottled without fining, making it suitable for vegans, Metic is ripe, dark and dangerously easy to drink. The notes of dried herbs and mint in this Carmenère make it a wonderful match to spicy empanadas, tacos doused in chipotle or a rustic sourdough pizza.
Pair it with spicy empanadas, tacos doused in chipotle or a rustic sourdough pizza.