I’ll have to admit it, but I was slightly disappointed by this wine. It’s Santa Carolina’s icon Carmenere, named Herencia, and it comes in a huge, heavy bottle. It has a price tag to match – £100. But it failed the empty bottle test. I opened it last night with two others, and we had a glass each, commenting on how seductive it was. And tonight, I’ve returned to it, but I can’t summon up the enthusiasm to drink it, opting for a New Zealand Syrah instead.
It’s not a bad wine at all. It has an amazing seductive quality, with lots of very sweet fruit. But it has pushed the ripeness spectrum just a little too far. It will no doubt appeal to some palates – and some critics (a fellow UK critic gave it 94/100) – but I don’t really enjoy this style.
Santa Carolina Herencia Carmenere 2007 DO Peumo, Chile
14.5% alcohol. Very seductive sweet liqueur-like blackcurrant and blackberry nose with sweet creamy oak and a hint of coconut. The palate is seductive and bold with concentrated, inky black fruits and some lushness, as well as fine-grained tannins. Pushing ripeness to its limits, this is a very sweet, concentrated, seductive wine that flirts with spoofiness. It has a sense of deliciousness, but I wouldn’t pay ££££ for it. 89/100