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Flashcards in Carmenère, Malbec, Pinotage Deck (17)
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1

Which country is most identifed with Carmenère?

Chile

2

Which country is most identifed with Malbec?

Argentina

3

Which country is most identified with Pinotage?

South Africa

4

One of the parent grapes of Pinotage is ___.

Pinot Noir

The other parent grape is Cinsault.

5

Pinotage is predominantly grown in which South African wine region?

Western Cape

6

Describe the character profile of Pinotage.

  • Dry
  • Medium to full body
  • Medium tannin
  • High acidity
  • Bright red fruits (strawberry, red cherry, red licorice, crunchy raspberry)
  • May or may not have oak influence

7

Which grapes is Pinotage usually blended with?

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot

8

The term used in South Africa for blended wines of Pinotage, Merlot and/or Cabernet Sauvignon is ___.

Cape Blend

9

From which Old World region do Malbec and Carmenère originate?

Southwest France

In SW France these grapes are typically blended with other local varietals.

10

Which region in Argentina has the highest density Malbec plantings?

Mendoza

11

Is Mendoza at sea level or higher in elevation?

Higher in elevation

This creates optimal growing conditions for the sun-loving Malbec grape: warm days, cool nights.

12

When Malbec is blended in Argentina, which grapes is it usually blended with?

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot

13

Describe the profile of Argentinean Malbec.

  • Dry
  • Full body
  • High tannin
  • Medium acidity
  • Concentrated black fruits
  • If oak matured, flavors of coffee, vanilla, mocha
  • If aged, flavors of dried black fruit and cured meat
  • Intensely dark in color, almost purple

14

Where in Chile are the highest density plantings of Carmenère?

The warm and sunny areas of Central Valley.

Carmenère needs a lot of warmth and sunshine to fully ripen, which is why is performs better in Chile than it does in Bordeaux.

15

What are some of the unpleasant aromas/flavors of underripe Carmenère?

  • Raw green bell pepper
  • Tomato leaf
  • Generally very herbaceous/not particularly fruity

16

Describe the profile of ripe Carmenère.

  • Dry
  • Full body
  • High tannin
  • Medium to high acidity
  • Black fruits (dark plum, blackberry, black raspberry)
  • Herbal (eucalyptus)
  • If oak matured, notes of coffee, chocolate, mocha

17

When Carmenère is blended in Chile, which grapes is it usually blended with?

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Merlot