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

  • Errazuriz, Wild Ferment Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, 2016

    Product Code: ERR816

    Errazuriz, Wild Ferment Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, 2016

    “From La Escultura vineyard in Casablanca, this is a consistently successful, generously oaked New World Chardonnay. Consistently successful and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    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, 2016

    Product Code: ERR116

    Errazuriz, Chardonnay, Aconcagua Costa, 2016

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

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    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, Los Patricios Chardonnay, Valle del Itata, 2014

    Product Code: PAP314

    Pandolfi Price, Los Patricios Chardonnay, Valle del Itata, 2014

    “"Very serious barrel-fermented Chardonnay. Intense nose with toasted almonds, marzipan and very atractive reductive, smoky notes. Broad palate...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry, Rich

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Chile
    • Region: Itata
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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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

    “From one of the most southernmost (and therefore coolest) vineyards in Chile, this is one of the most awarded Chilean Chardonnays - see below - but...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    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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  • Los Seduras, Sauvignon Blanc, Valle Central, Chile, 2017

    Product Code: SED117

    Los Seduras, Sauvignon Blanc, Valle Central, Chile, 2017

    “To be applauded for its typicity to the grape variety. Bright, crisp and fruity; a lightly tropical perfume and then a cheerful mouthful of grassy...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    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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  • Karu, Chardonnay, Valle Central, 2016

    Product Code: KAR116

    Karu, Chardonnay, Valle Central, 2016

    “Well-made, very lightly oaked, ripe, pineapple- accented Chardonnay. Now-2019”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Chile
    • Region: Vale Central
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Errazuriz, Las Pizarras, Chardonnay, 2016

    Product Code: ERR616

    Errazuriz, Las Pizarras, Chardonnay, 2016

    “Beautifully balanced, satiny Chardonnay. Less than 20% of the wine went into new barrels; and just 55% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation;...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry, Rich

    Rated 1 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Chile
    • Region: Aconcagua Costa
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Errazuriz, Chardonnay, Aconcagua Costa, 2015

    Product Code: ERR115

    Errazuriz, Chardonnay, Aconcagua Costa, 2015

    “From a cool coastal vineyard, a brilliant barrel-fermented Chardonnay. Sharp green fruit, hint of chalky bite, nervy and mineral. This will keep...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Dry

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Chile
    • Region: Aconcagua Costa
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
    More Info

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