September is all about Chile.

9 Sep

As you may have guessed from the very subtle title and the incredibly interesting tweets flying about, we’re showcasing Chile this month. As everybody knows there are some bargains to be had from Chile. We’ve all picked up the cheap bottles of plonk and thought, ‘huh it’s not bad.’ Well this month there are some wonderful wines on our shelves under a tenner that show you what incredable depth of flavour you can get from this long high country on the other side of the world. From fantastically tropical sauvignons through structured creamy chardonnays to powerful cab sauvs and rich spicy syrah. Just in case you think I might be using a smidge of hyperbole (perish the thought) we’ve got a couple of wines open every weekend for you to taste and make your own mind up.

One of the things you may not know about Chile is that is is one of the few wine growing countries in the world that is free of phylloxera (the vine root destroying louse). This means that the vines grow on their original root stocks not grafted onto American root stocks like much of the rest of the world. Arguably this means that you’re getting the true expression of the grape, although there are a large number of Europeans that would happily shout me down over this!

As part of our celebration of Chile we’ve got another fantastic case of wine for you. Once again it’s £60 but this time we’ve teamed up with Wines of Chile to give you a very snazzy jute bottle bag when you buy the 6. They’re available in either of our shops whilst stocks last. Tasting notes after the jump.

COM September 2014

Click the dots to get the tasting notes.

REDS

Vina Chocalan Reserva Syrah, Maipo, Chile

Gold Medal at the 2012 Concours Mondial in Brussels. This fine Chilean Syrah (aptly named, as it comes across more like southern France than Australia) features aromas of blackberry, tar, roasted coffee and black pepper. Dry and fruity, deeply concentrated and rich but with impeccable balance brought to the package by fairly firm tannins. Full bodied and firm.

Nativa Organic Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley, Chile

This distinctive Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, deep red with purple hues, offers a bouquet of ripe black fruit and exotic spices. Full bodied, with excellent balance and tannins providing structure. Plum and blackcurrant flavours are laced with black pepper through the lingering finish.

Nostros Gran Reserve Pinot Noir, Casablanca, Chile

The aromas feature black cherry, red fruits, violets and hints of white and black pepper. The palate is fresh, bright and alive with a wonderful blend of red fruit flavours and savoury spices and earth. The texture is impressive with fine, ripe tannins and refreshing acidity. One glass will not be enough.

WHITES

Montes Limited Sauvignon Blanc, Layda, Chile

The Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from selected vineyards in the Leyda Valley, a subregion of San Antonio Valley. Vineyards in Leyda are located a mere 7km from the coast and the resultant wines are highly aromatic with racy acidity, minerality and touch of savouriness. Intense and lively Sauvignon Blanc with passion fruit, grapefruit and lime aromas, racy acidity and a sleek finish.

Nostros Gran Reserva Chardonnay, Casablanca, Chile

A yellow-straw coloured wine. It has some mature and sweet fruits aromas such as pears and nectarines and also some very elegant and subtle wood notes. To the palate it feels fresh, creamy (not heavy) very clean and alive with an interesting acidity. This is one of the best barrel aged Chilean Chardonnays you will find. 6 months in French oak on lees.

Los Gansos Gewurztraminer, Chile

Pale gold in colour, this Gewürztraminer has an intensely expressive aromatic nose; floral aromas of roses mingle with lychees. On the palate it is extremely fruity, with notes of lychee and stone fruits, such as peaches and apricots. Crisp and fresh.

 

*Whilst stocks last, one per customer, no substitutions not even if you give us something cool like a ray-gun or a teleporter or a trained mountain lion. Well maybe if you give us a trained mountain lion, as long as it’s trained in fetching beers and making sandwiches. Other terms & conditions may apply, ask staff, yadda yadda yadda, you know the score.

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