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. 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

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    £10.00
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Aresti Family Colleccion Blend

    93 Points Descorchados

    91 Points James Suckling

    90 Points Wine Enthusiast

    IWSC Outstanding Silver

    Aresti Estates Family Collection Blend. This is the flagship wine from this estate and is a seriously good bottle of wine. Big rich fruit flavours, wonderfully smooth with great length. Superb value.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £17.99
  6. Aresti Trisquel Assemblage

    90 Points Descorchados

    Aresti Estates Trisquel Assemblage 2011 is a delicious wine. Not as big as the Family Collection blend which is exceptional, but still an excellent example of premium Chilean wine.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £12.95
  7. Aresti Reserve Carmenere

    Aresti Estates Reserva Carmenere is great value, and delicious for everyday drinking.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £9.25
  8. Aresti Reserve Merlot

    James Suckling 90 Points

    An ideal wine at this price for everyday drinking.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £9.25
  9. Aresti Merlot

    A soft and fruity Merlot, great value at this price.

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Sulphite level: Medium Low

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    £7.99

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