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 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.
Yellow in color. Floral and honeyed aromas. Smooth on the palate with elegant notes of tropical fruits and aromatic intensity perfectly balanced with the acidity.
This wine is a fresh pale gold color and has harmonious aromas recalling ripe tropical fruits layered over notes of apple and fennel. It is silky on the palate, with good acidic structure and a long finish.
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Through its freshness, the nose expresses elegant aromas of apples, pears, lemons with tangerines hints layered by mineral tones. Floral honey and subtle English cream are also present with a buttery whisper beside the soft oak complexity. The mouth offers an excellent balance between the generosity of its texture and its fresh and mineral origins. Deep and structured, the wine gets a good density and roundness at mid-palate after its sharp attack, and finely ends with a complex finish where fruits are enhanced by mineral accents.
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The variety is a reference and a perfect example of the actual debate between warm and cool climate. The mouth is a true mirror of the aromatic fan, but still very young nowadays and will ask more time to fully express itself. However, the balance is already well present trough a rich, dense and juicy texture, armed by a deep and precise frame of small fine tannins giving depth and strength.