RKS 2023 Wine: Chilean Carignan: Undurraga T.H. (Terroir Hunter)

The Undurraga 2019 T.H. Carignan is from the Maule Valley of Chile which is Chile’s largest viticultural region and one of the most geographically and climatically diverse, encompassing the Andes to the east and the rolling costal hills to the west, which makes it possible for both red and white varieties to thrive. Unlike many of Chile’s viticultural growing regions the Maule Valley does not have maritime influences. This wine is from 50-year-old vines planted in granitic soils. 2,160 cases were produced. Undurraga was established in 1885. The wine was aged for 16 months in aged French oak barrels.

Aromatics: Raspberry, blackberry, black cherry and loganberry jam.

Palate: Moderate tannins with a lightning bolt of raspberry striking the palate immediately. Chalky finish. A gentle acidity prevents this wine from being jammy.

Cellaring potential: 3-5 years improving in the first three years and holding steady for another 2.

Price: $ 29.95. (Ontario)

Personality: Easy going but not flippant. I’m a real charmer!

Food matches: Duck breast in a Port reduction sauce.

In a nutshell: A wine that woke up on the wrong side of the bed and wandered into a raspberry patch.

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 93/100.

(Undurraga 2019 T.H. (Terroir Hunter) Carignan , Maule Valley D.O. (Cauquenes Zone) Vina Undurraga, Chile, 750 mL, 14.5%)

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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