New Zealand wine aficionados might know their Kiwi, Australian and French tipples, but did you know Chilean wine has long been revered as some of the world's finest?
Chilean wine might be in the limelight right now, but, rest assured, this moment has been a long time coming. Their first grapevines were planted in the early 1500s and until the 1990s most Chilean wine was consumed only by its citizens. It was only then that they began exporting their wine and the world started to take notice.
So, it will come as no surprise to South American wine drinkers that Casillero del Diablo has been named the second most powerful wine brand in the world for the second year in a row.
Chile's leading wine brand – and sponsor of Manchester United – produces this delicious Carmenere.
With luscious fruit flavours, the Carmenere is smooth and delicate with intense colour, round tannins and aromas of blackcurrent, chocolate and coffee.
And there's a good reason you may not recognise this variety - Carmenere disappeared from its place of origin in Medoc, north of Bordeaux, France following the phylloxera outbreak in the 19th century. It reappeared in Chile at the end of the 20th Century. It was used to produce deep red wines and occasionally used for blending purposes in the same manner as Petit Verdot.
Ideal with aged cheese, this wine is also a great accompaniment for game meat, garnished with sweet and sour sauces and berries.