Japan, March 2021.- In its eight edition, the Sakura Wine Awards awarded four medals to Carmen wines, highlighting the Gran Reserva range across its varieties. The Sakura Women’s Wine Awards are the only competition consisting only on female judges, 186 women in the Japanese wine industry, who tasted more than 4,500 wines from 32 countries. Indeed this is a special event for Carmen, winery that is led by Chief Winemaker Emily Faulconer since 2017.
Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 obtained a Gold Medal, one of the best expressions from Chile’s Maipo Valley. Deep and intense ruby-red in color, the nose presents aromas of black currants, blackberries, and licorice with smooth, elegant cedar notes. The palate is very rich and generous yet fresh and vibrant at the same time. The wine has abundant fruit and firm tannins that lend structure and depth.
In addition, Carmen Gran Reserva Syrah 2019 secured a Silver Medal. This wine shows a deep inky purple color. The nose is expressive an intense, ripe black fruit, cherries, blueberries and violets. On the other side a more mineral character with spice and, roasted coffee. The mouth is firm, concentrated, abundant fruit and elegant. Its velvety tannins have good length, this Gran Reserva Syrah has great persistency and vibrancy. Apalta granitic hills can produce world class Syrah, and this is a great example.
On the other hand, Carmen Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2019 also received a Silver Medal. Sourced from the Casablanca Valley, this season we achieved a wine with very clean and crisp profile. Driven by citric notes on the nose, along with hints of green apple and flowers. The palate is fresh, persistent and balanced, sustained by its characteristic minerality.
Lastly, Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Frida Kahlo Limited Edition 2019 was awarded a Silver Medal. A wine that features the exclusive alliance between Viña Carmen and The Frida Kahlo Corporation, being a reinvented classic.