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. Maquis Franco

    96 points Tim Atkin

    95 Points Best Cabernet Franc from Chile Descorchados 2017

    93 Points Robert Parker

    94 Points James Suckling

     

    Maquis is uniquely situated at the convergence of two rivers on clay, alluvial soils making it potentially the best site in Chile for Cabernet Frank which inspired them to make this stunning wine.

    It's big and silky with red and black fruits with a light spice, then big vanilla coming through on the long finish.

    This is something special.

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £34.96
  2. Maquis Lien

    94 Points Descorchados

    92 Points james Suckling

    92 Points Robert Parker

    Maquis is a superb artisan family winery at the confluence of two rivers at the feet of the Andes. This "Lien" was their only wine for the first five years but they have sinced introduced others. It's a fantastic blend, made in a natural style.

    Typical big Chilean nose. In the mouth it is soft and very smooth, elegant and perhaps more savoury than powerful and punchy.

    It's a great wine as you can see from it's awards.

    Sulphite level: Very Low

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    £22.00
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Undurraga TH Terroir Hunter Pinot Noir Leyda

    The "Terroir Hunter" range is from small plots of special vineyards matched to specific varietals to show off Chile's potential.

     

    We are on the 2016. Limited quantity available at this special price.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £19.99
  9. Undurraga TH Terroir Hunter Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo

    The "Terroir Hunter" range is from small plots of special vineyards matched to specific varietals to show off Chile's potential.

    This Cabernet is from Pirque, one of the coldest regions in the Alto Maipo.

    Hand harvested grapes, low intervention winemaking and aged 12 months in French oak.This is made in a more elegant cool climate (European) style rather than big blockbusting Chile. It's very good, super smooth, and delicious.

    We are on the 2015. Limited quantity available at this special price.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £19.99
  10. Undurraga TH Terroir Hunter Carmenere Peumo

    The "Terroir Hunter" range is from small plots of special vineyards matched to specific varietals to show off Chile's potential. This Carmenere is from Peumo, Chile's premium area for Carmenere due to it's high temperatures combined with coastal influence which increases natural acidity.

    The wine is excellent. Typical Chilean nose with big red fruit flavours initially. The palate is silky smooth with balanced acidity and oak. It's a classical wine, very enjoyable.

    We are on the 2015. Limited quantity available at this special price.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Low

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    £19.99
  11. 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
  12. 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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