Carmenère actually comes from Bordeaux. For a long time, the red grape variety challenged Cabernet Sauvignon for pole position there, before it disappeared completely from the vineyards of the French noble region as a consequence of the invasion of grapes and the difficulty of finding suitable rootstocks for it. Today, it is mainly found in Chile, where it was once mistaken for Merlot and planted by mistake; and - get this - in the Veneto, more precisely in the Colli Berici and Colli Euganei, where it was brought by labour migrants returning to Italy.
At Filippo Gamba's vineyard, they take root on the foothills of a limestone-covered western slope of the Colli Euganei and ripen there until mid-October. The grapes are then harvested by hand and vinified in the traditional manner in accordance with the vinnatur regulations. The wine is matured for 14 months in cement cisterns before being bottled unfiltered.
Carmenère is dark fruity, herbal and a little peppery and Filippo's version is no exception. It is surprisingly low in alcohol and yet full-bodied, deep and substantial. The tannins are round and velvety and, together with a well-balanced acidity, promote a thoroughly harmonious texture.
Grape variety: Carmenere
Vineyard: Western slope enforced by lime, 20 year old vines
Fermentation: spontaneous | Wild yeast, about 20 days on the mash
Maturing: 14 months in cement
Alcohol content: 12.5% vol.
Closure: Natural corks
Drinking temperature: 16-18 ° C
Perfect drinking maturity: From now on - 2027
Content and price per liter:0.75 l/(€ 18.25/l)
All winemakers listed at Vinonudo work in their vineyards with compost, organic fertilizer and natural preparations and do without the use of herbicides, pesticides and artificial fertilizers.