Chile has a long history of grape growing and winemaking, but was not much noticed outside of the country until the late 80’s or early 90’s when new technology allowed wineries to produce clean, fruit forward wines at bargain prices. However, some world-class reds are being produced from Cabernet, Carmenere and even Pinot Noir.
Like many New World countries, Chile has adopted a signature grape variety, Carmenere, once widely grown in Bordeaux. It was thought to be extinct following the European phylloxera outbreaks of the 19th century, but was rediscovered in Chile in the 1990s.
The country is long and skinny, running more than 4000 kms from North to South. However, the greatest distinction is not made north-south, but rather east-west. In the hundred miles from the sea to the border, Chile experiences pacific influence, influence from coastal mountains, a hot central valley and the Andes.
The Cartagena line (named for the municipality in which the winery is located) represents the most affordable and immediately delicious wines produced by Casa Marin. Today we present a mixed 6 pack of two of the most popular wines in the Cartagena portfolio.
The 2022 Cartagena Sauvignon Blanc is produced with grapes that come from the highest vineyard plots, with direct exposure to the Pacific Ocean. The harvest was carried out the first week of April. The blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Sauvignon Gris was fermented separately in stainless steel and then blended before being bottled. On the nose it presents intense saline aromas, perfume of grapefruit and ripe citrus. It is complemented by tones of fresh herbs, asparagus and green mango. The clear acidity and the salinity of the Pacific Ocean are combined in this complex and balanced wine.
Terranoble is considered one of Chile’s true ambassadors for the Carmenere varietal. This is a very complex Carmenere for the price, with a rich and balanced combination of fruit and oak. On the nose, red berries, black berries, plums, paprika, smoke and toasted aromas come through. Juicy on the palate, with cherry and chocolate notes in combination with toasted oak. This wine is well structured and full-bodied with smooth tannins and a long finish.
Made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc harvested from the Casablanca Valley. This wine is straw yellow with greenish tones. This Sauvignon Blanc has fruit aromas, that vary from tropical fruits to lime, grapefruits and subtle notes of asparagus. On the palate, it has a fresh and balanced acidity, with flavors of citrus fruits with herbal notes. A fresh wine, with a medium structure and long finish.
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