We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, and again, and again: Uruguayan wine really is where it’s at right now. While its wine production levels are miniscule in comparison to its Latin American neighbours of Chile and Argentina, the flavoursome and boisterous reds coming out of this country are sending us - and our fellow wine fanatics worldwide - into raptures of boozy ecstasy. Puerto Carmelo’s output is a brilliant case in point; this modern Uruguayan operation is riding high on the wave of enthusiasm surrounding the country’s Tannat production, and is taking a thoroughly 21st century approach to viticulture that’s hitting all the high notes right across the globe.

Making fantastic use of their stunning terroir, Puerto Carmelo’s team of dedicated vintners are bringing out Tannat wines, which brilliantly reflect the landscape and climate the grapes are grown in. Low yielding vines reach full ripeness under the scorching Uruguayan sunshine, and the brisk breezes which cut through their high-altitude vineyards ensure that acidity and tannin levels are just right. The result? Deeply flavourful red wines which pack in mountains of character, and which balance drinkability with complexity in ways you cannot fail to get excited about. If you haven’t yet fallen in love with Uruguayan wine, this winery is sure to change that pretty damn quickly.

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