The pace of change in Chile has been impressive with new regions emerging and earning their place for their individual specialisms.
Chile 2017 ….
This past year has seen us venturing to the deep south of
Chile. After many, many miles on dusty roads our travels were
rewarded when we found the wild and wonderful new wines that we
have added to our portfolio this year from Bio Bio, Maule and
The vineyards of the deep south are like no other part of
Chile. A visit to these regions offers a chance to experience
another side to Chile - where the old practices are still the
current ones and the scale is still small. The vineyards vary from
organic to simply wild, all dry farmed, the work is done by hand,
by family and by friends. This is Chile Profundo - the truest
expression, the original version, a place where less intensive
agriculture remains the norm and where dinner often comes from the
garden outside. The wines from our new producers, Tinto de Rulo and
Estacion Yumbel are not to be missed. These wines really show a
different side to Chile which is both old fashioned and yet bang on
The aim of our refreshed portfolio from Chile is to show the
best of this increasingly diverse country. From Espinos y Cardos we
have added a very cool climate Sauvignon Blanc to the Santa
Macarena range. Joining its Pinot Noir sibling from the same
exceptional site, a mere 3.5km from the Pacific Ocean, it is a must
try wine this year, offering outstanding value and wonderful
complexity that truly represents its provenance.
Chile is coming of age, it has much more to offer than just good
value single variety wines, it is a country that is rediscovering
its vinous past and pushing the development of its diversity. It
should not be overlooked by the connoisseur or the restaurateur.
The possibility for great food friendly wine that can surprise and
excite is growing all the time.