Because they represent excellent value for money, the wines of Chile have always featured strongly on our list. The vineyards lie in a narrow 1400 km. band, for the most part in the Central Valley between the Andes and the Coastal Range. The desire to grow cooler-climate grape varieties has led to recent planting further south and along the coast where the cold Humboldt current gives more favourable temperatures. Water for irrigation is available from the Andes (though in some regions such as the Casablanca Valley excessive demand has led to restricted supplies) and the absence of phylloxera has meant that there is no need to graft the vines.
The aroma offers a predominance of chardonnay varietal notes (mango, apricot), enhanced by vanilla and coconut nuances. A very fruity palate with excellent balance between density and acidity.
A Classic Gewurztraminer aromatic nose showing notes of roses, orange blossom and tropical fruit. The palate delivers more of the tropical fruit character and there is plenty of vibrant acidity giving a clean finish.
The nose shows ripe tropical fruits and hints of apple and fennel. The palate has good weight with a fresh acidity. Good length on the finish.
A wine with great aromatic intensity, highlights being the notes of plum and dark berrys mixed with spicy hints of vanilla and liquorice.
Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge 2011 (2009 vintage)
On the nose fresh and fruity with notes of bananas. On the palate notes of tropical fruits follow on to ripe pear, acdity levels are good and the finish is clean and refreshing.
The expressive nose gives a fresh fruit made of wild strawberries, red and black currants with herbal notes. Everything is surrounded by graphite and stony notes, soft spices coming from the barrels and touches of smoky brown tobacco. The mouth provides a good volume from the beginning, with a lot of roundness and a great balance between structure and texture.
Deep and bright gold yellow The nose is expressive but not heavy : peaches, custard apples and a slight touch of limeade here, just above some floral notes of jasmine and a typical minera hint. discreet touches of creamy vanilla and bread crust are added by the soft barrel aging. The mouth, still young, also shows this aging through a straight structure that allows a good balance with the natural fleshy texture. Lush but fresh, the wine offers a mineral finish with floral accents and yellow fruits.
A brilliant and pure pale gold yellow introduces an expressive but elegant nose of sheer chardonnay personality: ripe apples, white flowers, citrus like lemons and fine tangerines enhanced by touches of butter, honey, hazelnuts and fine spices coming from the most elegant French oak aging.
Fresh and complex, such as the nose, the palate shows a juicy body and a lot of precision. The balance is all about structure and overwhelming texture with a crucial acidity in between that seems to give wings to the natural concentration. The rich, long and vibrant finish is made of white fruits such as pears and apples with dried fruits and a mineral, aniseed touch, well completed by subtle fine spices.
This blend delivers notes of dried leaves, peppery touches and meaty accents. Some oriental spices join then the wild berries, raspberries and plums. Ink tones and floral notes of violets finalize the portrait. First appearing as mid bodied, the mouth quickly grows thanks toa tight frame of fine and vibrant tannins. It keeps being juicy but also textured at the same time. Tense and straight, asking for more time. The finish also shows youth and tannic presence, but already offers its spicy underbrush tones over a mineral background.
A pale yellow straw introduces a refreshing nose of prickly pear, green grapefruit, green melon and gooseberries. Broom flowers and some aniseed touches are enhanced mineral notes.
The mouth is well balanced between freshness and texture. The good volume is backed by a precise acidity and layered by the mineral touch. This same touch allows a vibrant finish, where the fresh fruits express the Limari side of the variety.
The 2013 reserve Carménère shows a deep and brilliant ruby purple before releasing a nose of fresh plums and blackberries. Soft spicy tones and red peppers clearly define the variety while aromatic herbs, stony notes and sweet oriental spices give length and complexity.
The mouth is round and balanced, with an enjoyable freshness and smooth, integrated tannins offering both structure and shape. The round and juicy body sticks to its aromatic profile, until a fruity finish where berries and spices join dried herbs and peppery notes.
A generous nose with highlights of apple and hazelnut, complemented by fine nuances of toasted bread and vanilla. The palate is dense and well blanaced by delicate acidity. The long finish emphasises the wines pedigree.
Gold Medal and Best Value White Wine Trophy, Wines of Chile 2009 (2007 vintage)
Gold Medal Challenge International du Vin 2005 (2003 Vintage)
Decanter World Wines Silver Award
Expressive aromas with notes of redcurrant as well as touches of tobacco and juniper. On the palate it's characterized by a rich texture, robust tannins and long elegant finish.
As unique as ever, this 2013 single vineyard presents a deep and bright pale gold yellow with a nose where complexity is the key word. First mineral (chalk and stones) with dried herbs, the main profile appears as being straight with a touch of austerity. Then come gooseberries, green apples and white peaches, a zest of lime with box and broom flowers. A slight exotic starfruit and passion fruit note also rises, blended with discreet sweet spices.