The Old World envies Chile for its low costs, lack of vine pests and diseases and its dependably dry, warm summers. Much of the New World envies its plentiful and regular supply of water from the melted snow of the Andes. During Chile’s golden age at the end of the 19th century, the wine industry was owned by just 10 Chilean families; many of whom are still prominent players in today’s market. Chilean wines are consumed with great popularity across the world – top quality is available across the price range. Cabernet Sauvignon accounts for more than a third of all vines planted and is Chile’s most important red variety. Carmenere, Chile’s signature variety, also has a strong presence alongside Merlot. Chile has a reputation for good-value, crisp Sauvignon Blanc from Casablanca whilst other aromatic varieties, such as Viognier and Riesling have also performed well.
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Alto Los Romeros Carignan Gran Reserva
This rich Carignan presents aromas of plum and cherry with a touch of toasted spice.
Alto Los Romeros Gewurztraminer Reserva
Their Reserva wines come from select Denomination of Origins (D.O.) within Chile. They display a delicate balance of concentrated fresh fruit aromas and touches of oak with complexity and a pleasing mouth structure. Characteristically floral and spicy.
Alto Los Romeros Marsanne Roussanne Gran Reserva
This has classic aromas of mandarin, orange peel, honey, hazelnuts and freshness from the Roussanne and some richness and weight from the unctuous Marsanne.
Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
An intense dark, garnet red colour. Elegant and complex aromas with ripe red fruits and notes of cedar and chocolate. The palate is well-structured and nicely concentrated. A long finish and good balance. This vintage spent 15 months in French oak barrels.
Ladera Verde Cabernet Sauvignon
An easy and moreish well-balanced Cabernet with good fruit and long finish. Smooth, fruity, rich and approachable.
Ladera Verde Chardonnay
Pure Chardonnay with the merest hint of oak gives aromas of tropical fruit and well-tuned weight on the palate making this a very quaffable dry white.
Ladera Verde Merlot
A stunning scented Merlot with a full and pleasing length and depth of flavour. Lots of plummy fruit flavour are well complimented by soft tannins and medium body.
Ladera Verde Sauvignon
A clean, crisp Sauvignon typical of Chile, offering intense aromas of grapefruit, gooseberry and refreshing lime.
Lapostolle Casa Cabernet Sauvignon
An expressive nose full of fresh red fruit aromas such as plum and cherries. A fresh attack on the palate and a medium body, finishing with very juicy tannins.