Dona Paula Argentine and Carmen Chilean Wines from Red and White Cellar

25-Apr-2017
The red+white cellar distribution company has a broad range of imported wines to complement its New Zealand labels. From South America, there are the ‘Dona Paula’ Argentine wines and from Chile are the wines of ‘Carmen’. www.redwhitecellar.co.nzDona Paula’ is a modern producer, established in 1997 and based in Mendoza. The company only employs estate fruit from its plantings figuring over 700 ha. The top wines are terroir-expressive. The ‘Los Cardos’ range (‘cardo’ is ‘thistle’ in Spanish) is based on freshness and fruit expression. www.donapaula.comCarmen is the first and oldest Chilean winery, founded in 1850 by Christian Lanz who named the business after his wife. The rediscovery and first commercialisation of the Carmenere variety is attributed to Carmen. The ‘Premier 1850’ range is that of contemporary-style wines that give tribute to the founding date. www.carmen.com Here, I review a selection of Dona Paula ‘Los Cardos’ and Carmen ‘Premier 1850’ wines.

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Dona Paula ‘Los Cardos’ Mendoza Malbec 2016
  • Carmen ‘Premier 1850’ ‘Reserva’ Casablanca Chardonnay 2016
  • Carmen ‘Premier 1850’ ‘Reserva’ Colchagua Merlot 2016
  • Carmen ‘Premier 1850’ ‘Reserva’ Colchagua Carmenere 2016
  • Carmen ‘Premier 1850’ ‘Reserva’ Colchagua Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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