23/08/2015 – Vina Ventisquero, Root 1 Carmenere 2013

Vina Ventisquero, Root 1 Carmenere 2013, Colchagua, Chile
The Root 1 range of wines from Ventisquero are all made from ungrafted vines, planted on their own roots. This hardly ever happens in the world of wine ever since the Phyloxerra infestation that swept (and contunues to sweep) across the world – vines are almost alway grafted onto special Phyloxerra-resistant roots. These survive in Chile’s sandy soils, and produce a wine that is deep, earthy and fruity. Aged in French and American oak, and blended with 15% Syrah, it’s a Carmenere with plum and game notes, pepper and spice, and a good all-rounder, rich red. Watch the video for my full review, including much more detail and food matching suggestions. £7.99, Morrisons.