Carinae

Mendoza, Argentina

Frenchman Philippe Subra, with his wife Brigitte, came to Argentina as the national boss of EDF, the French energy giant - but loved the country so much he cleverly bought some long-established vineyards and settled there, on the south side of Mendoza. He has built a small cellar - boutique indeed, whilst wholly lacking the pretension that word implies!

What distinguishes the Carinae Malbecs is the very old vine fruit from three parcels of ancient vines (now 90, 93 and 100 years old!) just south of Mendoza, at Cruz de Piedra, near the winery, and especially at the renowned Calle Cobos in Perdriel, Luján de Cuyo. These are renowned for producing concentrated, inky juice of wonderful quality.

At Carinae (named after a giant, glowing nebula in the Milky Way which lights up the southern sky at night) the winemaking is overseen by the Mendoza arm of top Bordeaux consultant Michel Rolland. The reds here show the hallmarks of Rolland’s influence: the grapes are picked late, resulting in a lush, high alcohol style; there is bleeding off (especially for the top cuvées) to maximise the percentage of pip and skin to liquid; long macerations; and generous quantities of French oak. If you like concentrated, lush new world reds, then these are for you.

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Carinae, Viognier, Mendoza, Argentina, 2020

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Carinae, Viognier, Mendoza, Argentina, 2020

Viognier is much better suited to the heat in Argentina than Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc....

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Dry > Sweet

OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourWhite

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAE720

GrapeViognier

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Carinae, Malbec, Odile, Mendoza, 2019

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Carinae, Malbec, Odile, Mendoza, 2019

This may be Carinae's first wine, but it's no entry level product. Named after owner...

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Light > Full

OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAE119

GrapeMalbec

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Carinae, Cuvée Philippe, Mendoza, 2017

A sumptuous, lightly oaked blend of thirds of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Each grape...

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Light > Full

OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAE917

GrapeMalbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah

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Carinae, Malbec, Harmonie, Mendoza, 2017

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Carinae, Malbec, Harmonie, Mendoza, 2017

Deep and inky. Intense aromas of black cherries with coffee, vanilla and toast nuances. With...

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Light > Full

OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAE217

GrapeMalbec

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Carinae, Malbec, Hommage, Mendoza, 2014

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Carinae, Malbec, Hommage, Mendoza, 2014

Amazing old-vine Malbec from 95 year old vines in a high altitude vineyard at Calle Cobos,...

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Light > Full

OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAE414

GrapeMalbec

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Carinae, Prestige, Mendoza, 2014

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Carinae, Prestige, Mendoza, 2014

About 60% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, a selection of the best grapes of the...

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Light > Full

OriginArgentina

RegionMendoza

ColourRed

ABV15%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAE514

GrapeMalbec, Cabernet Sauvignon & Syrah

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