Odfjell Armador Carménère 2018
|Wine Type||Red Wine|
|Body / Style||Big & Bold, Rich & Savoury|
|Grape Blend||100% Carmenere|
|Bottle Size (ml)||750|
|Special Features||Biodynamic, Natural, Organic, Vegan|
|Extra Info||Organic, fruity, brooding|
|Food Pairing Guide||Lamb shanks, chicken madras, sweet potato cakes, grilled vegetables.|
|Terroir||Piedmont alluvial soil & deep red clay loam|
Armador Carmenere is a delicious bottle of organic Carmenere from Chile, made by Norwegian producer Dan Odfjell. This Carmenere has alluring purple-red tints and brooding aromas of dark fruits and liquorice as well as hints of spice. The palate is long and juicy with ripe fruit flavours and soft tannins. Elegant and versatile, a great example of this grape variety.
Founded by Norwegian Dan Odfjell this pre-dominantly red wine producer creates wines of elegance and poise. Odfjell are fully committed to biodynamics with cover crops and beehives populating the vineyards while small Fjord horses work the land. Odfjell produces wonderful wines that few in Chile can match, with their Carignans, which come from rescued 80 year old vines, proving to be of particular note.
The quest of Odfjell is to make wines that are a true expression of the terroir of their vineyards. Their low yield vineyards are handled with individual care, where they handpick the grapes bringing the fruit to the cellar as intact as possible. They began planting vineyards on the estate over 15 years ago, selecting only red varieties. Today they have 85 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carménère, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Malbec planted in Maipo. They have also acquired vineyards in Cauquenes and Curico with old vines of Carignan and Malbec where we practice organic farming. Odfjell is committed to be a leader in progressive vineyard management, dedicated to elevate the image and practice of viticulture in Chile. The aim of this work is to produce the best possible wines in the vineyards, together with a long-term commitment to sustainable agriculture and "green" winemaking practices.
James Suckling 93 Points: Here’s a beautiful Carmenere that shows what the grape can do when it achieves full ripeness, without retaining any of the vegetal aromas. A cornucopia of black fruit and delicate spice. Mouth-filling yet fresh with elegant tannins, threaded through the long, polished, dry finish. Drink or hold. JS, 93 Points, April 2019