Carignan (also known as Mazuelo, Bovale Grande, Cariñena, Samsó, and Carignane) is a red Spanish/French winegrape variety that is widely planted throughout the western Mediterranean and around the globe. Ampelographers believe that the grape likely originated in Cariñena, Aragon and was later transplanted to Sardinia, elsewhere in Italy, France, Algeria, and much of the New World. The variety was historically a component of Rioja’s red wine blend. From a vineyard planted in the late sixties, the 2008 vintage gave the opportunity to fully ripen one of Australia’s oldest Carignan holdings. Many believe Carignan does not start producing world class wine until it is 40 years old. At 12 years of age this wine shows wonderful complexity and exuberance.

2008 Chihuahua Carignan

Chihuahua Carignan sprang from a surpise chance Nick Stock and Chris had to source a tonne of Carignan from some of what we believe to be the oldest in South Australia.


2008 Chihuahua Carignan


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From an extraordinary 50 year old planting in Angove’s Paringa vineyard, near Renmark, South Australia. The Chihuahua started life with a crew travelling up from the Barossa to pick the last remaining berries in the expansive vineyard. De-stemmed and fermented in a new oak demi-muid, the must was gently plunged over 8 days then pressed and returned to the demi-muid. It took over 12 weeks to complete alcoholic fermentation and a further 9 months to complete malolactic.

After four years in New Oak, the wine was racked and bottled then put down for a further four years in bottle prior to release.

Tasting Note

Medium-deep red, garnet hue.

Rich, opulent and ultra-ripe aromas of blueberry, plums and chocolate.
Whiffs of smoky oak vanillin.

Mouth-filling and rich. Initial flavours of dark plum jam together with creamy milk chocolate.
Very ripe, soft tannins- great length.


700 Bottles
40 Magnums
4 Double Magnums
54mm hand select cork finish
Shipped as a six pack.

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