Chile

Chilean Wines


Imagine Chile - a very, very long thin country sandwiched between the vast Pacific and the high Andes.


Think north - the arid Atacama desert; and think south - Patagonia, running all the way down to Cape Horn: north = hot, south = freezing! Given that Chile’s vineyards stretch for over 1,200 miles from north to south, one might therefore reasonably assume that vineyards in the north, nearer the Equator, will be hot; and those in the rainy south will be cool; and to some extent that is true. But the real picture is much more complicated.


First, coastal vineyards are cool. The Humboldt current, which comes up from the Antarctic, brings not just cool maritime air but thick cloud and sea fogs, so that even as far north as Limarí the vineyards are usually under cloud until noon. Second, there are cooling down-drafts from the snow-capped Andes, bringing cooler temperatures to the vineyards on the east.


The first coastal region to be developed for whites was Casablanca in the 1990s. More recently Chilean growers have begun to focus on the cool-climate sites up and down the coast and are beginning to climb the mountains too. Whites in particular have benefited accordingly, so now we ship zingy Sauvignon Blancs from coastal Casablanca and Leyda, and brilliant Chardonnay from Aconcagua Costa, Itata and Malleco in the far south


The wine scene in Chile is fast moving too - so we also offer examples of Viognier, Riesling; plus that Chilean speciality, Sauvignon Gris, a grape related to Sauvignon Blanc but offering more exotic fruit flavours.

Chile

  • Apaltagua, Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, San Antonio Valley, 2016

    Product Code: APA616

    Apaltagua, Sauvignon Blanc Reserva, San Antonio Valley, 2016

    “This is from vineyards on the rolling hills, just 10 kms. inland from the cool Pacific, of recently planted and highly-rated San Antonio, just south...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Chile
    • Region: San Antonio
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Apaltagua, Riesling Reserva, Curicó Valley, 2016

    Product Code: APA716

    Apaltagua, Riesling Reserva, Curicó Valley, 2016

    “This is surprisingly correct, dry and classy, showing that the Chileans are mastering coolish climate Riesling as they have Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Chile
    • Region: Curico
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Errazuriz, Wild Ferment Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, 2015

    Product Code: ERR815

    Errazuriz, Wild Ferment Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, 2015

    “"This bold, nutty, red apple Chilean has fantastic finesse and flavour - so tuck in." Jane MacQuitty, The Times 18th March 2017.”

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    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Chile
    • Region: Casablanca
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Errazuriz, Chardonnay, Aconcagua Costa, 2014

    Product Code: ERR114

    Errazuriz, Chardonnay, Aconcagua Costa, 2014

    “Venerable Chilean producer Errazuríz has found a new lease of life since the fruit from its new vineyards near the Pacific coast came on stream....”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Chile
    • Region: Aconcagua Costa
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Pandolfi Price, Larkun Chardonnay, Valle del Itata, 2014

    Product Code: PAP114

    Pandolfi Price, Larkun Chardonnay, Valle del Itata, 2014

    “This is wholly unoaked, but left on its lees a long time to develop a dairy richness. That long lees contact is apparent in the complex aromas -...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Chile
    • Region: Itata
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Aquitania, Sol de Sol Chardonnay, Valle del Malleco, 2011

    Product Code: AQU311

    Aquitania, Sol de Sol Chardonnay, Valle del Malleco, 2011

    “Malleco, located about 700km south of Santiago, is a very rainy and cool area. In the late 1990s, Aquitania began to plant Chardonnay there, being...”

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    Dry

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Chile
    • Region: Valle del Malleco
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Aquitania, Reserva Chardonnay, Valle del Malleco, 2015

    Product Code: AQU115

    Aquitania, Reserva Chardonnay, Valle del Malleco, 2015

    “Glorious, crystal sharp (no malolactic fermentation) unoaked Chardonnay: so open on the nose, showing ripe pear and melon with a hint of ginger. Very...”

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    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Chile
    • Region: Valle del Malleco
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Los Seduras, Sauvignon Blanc, Valle Central, Chile, 2016

    Product Code: SED116

    Los Seduras, Sauvignon Blanc, Valle Central, Chile, 2016

    “A new wine here - and we really approved this wine’s typicity to the grape variety. It’s bright, crisp and fruity with a lightly tropical perfume...”

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    Dry

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Chile
    • Region: Valle Central
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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