I love the change of seasons and with summer now officially over it’s time to think of autumn reds to accompany some hearty food. So here are a couple of reds from Chile which I tasted at a wonderful cheese and wine tasting.
Both wines come from the excellent Errazuriz estate, one made from Chile’s signature grape Carmenère and the other from Italy’s Sangiovese.
Errazuriz Carmenère 2010, Aconcagua Valley (£9.99 or buy 2 bottles for £7.99 each, Majestic) has chocolate, black fruits and spices including nutmeg on the nose followed by ripe tannins and a well-balanced, long finish.
Sangiovese is at home in Tuscany and there are very few good examples so far from the new world regions. But this week’s top tipple is one of the better examples. It went really well with a plate of Toulouse sausage and puy lentils.
Errazuriz Sangiovese 2010, Aconcagua Valley
This has that classic note of cherries along with some spice and fig. Palate is medium-bodied with juicy fruits and ripe but firm tannins and a long, sweet fruit finish.