Chilean Red Wines

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 red 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.

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  1. Calcu Carmenere Reserva Especial

    Descorchados 90 Points

    A lovely wine from an artisan family winery producing wines in a natural style. The winery was built on a gravity feed system and uses pneumatic presses to extract only the best juice. They practice sustainable farming and winemaking. 

    Very deep opaque ruby, red fruit on the nose and big legs sticking to the side of the glass.

    Soft and silky on the palate with red and black fruit flavours, and good palate cleansing acidity on the long finish.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £14.99
  2. Pacha Carmenere Reserva Vina Marty

    Ruby in colour with a very natural nose (reminiscent of Phillipe Viret's wines). Incidentally the name "Pach" means earth.

    Good fruit with balanced oak, soft and round with earthy notes and a hint of residual sugar on the finish.

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    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £14.99
  3. Corazon Del Indio Blend

    This is superb.

    Deep ruby in colour. Big fruit, bold and punchy nicely tempered by the oak. It's very smooth with gentle acidity.

    Highly recommended.

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    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £18.49
  4. Mariposa Alegre Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva

    A lovely wine in that typical Chilean style. Aged in oak for 8 months.

    The wine is soft with cherry flavours, very smooth with a dry finish.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £16.99
  5. Little Quino Pinot Noir William Fevre

    Descorchados 93 Points

    A fantastic Pinot Noir, reminiscent of good Martinborough Pinot from New Zealand.

    Light ruby in colour, mid weight on the palate. Cherry and plum flavours, smooth with balanced gentle acidity. This is unoaked to retain the freshness and fruit. It is very good indeed!

    Grapes Own Yeast: Yes

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Dry farmed: Yes

    No wood used: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £16.49
  6. Undurraga Sibaris Gran Reserva Merlot

    This Merlot is from their Gran Reserva "Sibaris" range, and comes from the Maipo Valley. Deep ruby/purple. Good legs and a nose of red fruits. Full and velvety in the mouth with red fruit flavours, some oak and a little pepper on the finish.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £11.75
  7. Undurraga Sibaris Gran Reserva Carmenere

    This Carmenere is from their Gran Reserva "Sibaris" range, and comes from the Colchagua Valley.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £11.75
  8. Undurraga Sibaris Gran Reserva Pinot Noir

    Deep ruby in colour with good legs and a dusty nose. Big raspberry and cherry fruit which isn't overpowered by the oak. In fact it has fairly light body for a Gran Reserva. It's very smooth with good acidity, all components of the wine in perfect balance which is not necessarily common with Chilean Gran Reserva wines. Very good wine for the price, and my favourite of their Sibaris range

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £11.75
  9. Undurraga Aliwen Reserve Pinot Noir

    Pale ruby with a cherry nose. Very soft and fruity in the mouth with light oak. It's light and silky and very enjoyable. Certainly one of the best quality to price Chilean Pinots I've discovered.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £10.00

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