Chilean Red Wine

Chile is probably the biggest success story in the world of wine in the last ten years. There's a vast array of inexpensive Chilean wine everywhere, but the quality varies enormously. It's vineyards stretch over seven hundred miles north to south in a series of lush valleys between the Andes and the Coastal Ranges. Just like California, and with a very similar climate, Chile's vineyards are more affected by their location east to west between two mountain ranges, rather than north to south. Whereas east facing slopes of the Coastal Ranges receive less rainfall and warmer temperatures, the best vineyards are sited on the west facing slopes of the Andes, which benefit from cool night time temperatures producing high levels of acidity and good concentration of fruit.

Like Argentina, Chile is capable of producing some world class reds, and some whites too, most noticeably Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. If you avoid the mass produced low end brands it's possible to find some exceptional wines which are fantastic value for money.
 
 

Aresti Estates Family Collection Blend Rio Claro 2010 75cl

Concours Mondial - Gold Medal for previous vintage.

Grand Hyatt - Gold Medal 2010 for the 06

Please note this is a library photo of the Carmenere. This blend has fantastic presentation - it looks similar but is in an even larger heavy weight bottle.

Made up of 45% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot. Made from hand picked grapes, aged for 18 months in French oak. This wine is a brand new release for Aresti and is the premium wine of the estate. It's stunningly good! Purple colour with ruby hints, with a big nose. Intense fruit flavours on the palate balanced by the oak, with a little white pepper, and vanilla on the finish. It's very very smooth, full in the mouth with a very long finish. It also doesn't really need to breathe, it can be opened and enjoyed almost instantly - rare for such a big wine. It's very good indeed but also rare with limited availability.

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Aresti Estates Trisquel Assemblage 2013 75cl

This is a lovely blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot from the Colchagua Valley. Each variety was handpicked then after fermentation was aged in both American and French oak for between 8 and 12 months. Then the final "assemblage" was put together.

Flavours of black fruit with hints of coffee. Medium bodied, soft and smooth. Ideal to partner with lamb, pork or turkey.

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Aresti Estates Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 75cl

This is a great limited production wine from the Curico Valley. Selected vines were hand harvested with gentle destemming by hand. 20% of the grapes were fermented in French oak. The resulting wine is superb, really showcasing Chile's value for money. I was very impressed with the quality, even more so when I found out the price. Being a hand made, limited production wine it's also very low in free sulphur. It's deep ruby red, hinting at at what's to come! A strong nose with fruit, eucalyptus and a little spice. On the palate it has rich fruit flavours with a full mouthfeel and good body. Very very smooth with a long lingering finish. A great example of Cab Sauv at a super price. Beautiful on it's own, even better with food.

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Aresti Estates Reserva Carmenere 2013 75cl

Another great wine from Aresti under their limited release label, this time from Chile's signature red grape. They really do offer super value for money.

Deep purple in colour with big legs sticking to the side of the glass. Lively nose of black fruits too. On the palate it is very soft and smooth with black fruit flavours and a long finish with noticeable integrated oak from 12 months in barrel. Enjoy this wine with game, red meat or cheese.

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Aresti Estates Reserva Merlot 2013 75cl

Yet another great wine from Aresti under their limited release label. This Merlot really impressed me for the money.

Ruby in colour. On the palate it is big with bags of fruit, and silky smooth with vanilla on the finish. This wine is great value!

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Aresti Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 75cl

Another delicious wine from Aresti ideal for every day drinking at this price. Again the grapes were hand harvested and aged in French and American oak. Also low in sulphur so Jane could drink it without any reaction - a lot of Chilean wines are comparatively high in free sulphur so we were both delighted and surprised to find one at this price point which was so low. Smooth, good fruit flavours with medium body, well balanced with a dryish finish. Simply good every day wine, well made and at a great price.

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Aresti Estates Carmenere 2012 75cl

Great value wine yet again from Aresti. Ruby in colour with legs sticking to the glass. Black fruits on the nose and juicy blackberry flavours on the palate too. Soft and smooth, slightly spicey with a little oak on the finish. Good body and structure making this a very good wine for the money. Enjoy with the Sunday roast or good cheese.

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Aresti Estates Merlot 2013 75cl

Great value Merlot.

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