WSET3 Palate Notes

Body - Full,
Acid - Medium / High,
Tannin - High,
Alcohol - Medium / High.

Tastes Like: Blackberry, Pepper, Spice, Herbaceous, Green pepper, Green bean

Carmenere has found a second home in Chile and is often referred to as Chile’s signature red grape.

What you can expect to taste and smell?

Primary Flavours & Aromas

Cool vs. Warm Climate

Cool Climate: While it can grow in cooler climates, Carmenere truly shines in warm or hot regions, where it ripens more fully, expressing its rich fruit character.

Warm/Hot Climate: Grown in warmer areas, it yields wines with a deeper, riper fruit profile and softer tannins.

Appelations / Producers of Note

Seek out Colchagua Valley and Maipo Valley in Chile for exceptional Carmenere wines.


Carmenere is enjoyable in its youth, showcasing its lush fruit and aromatic complexity.

Aging Potential: However, it can age gracefully, evolving into wines with more pronounced spice, tobacco, and chocolate notes over time.

First Published: Saturday, Oct 21, 2023 Last updated: Oct 21, 2023

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Damien Saunders
WSET3 award - Has been on a journey to learn more about wine, viticulture since I started travelling. Every country has something to drink.