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Chile

Chilean has a long viticultural history for a New World wine region. In the 16th century Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera – the grape that is specifically grown for wine making – with them as they colonized the region. In the mid-19th century, French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were introduced. In the early 1980s, a renaissance began with the introduction of stainless steel fermentation tanks and the use of oak barrels for aging. Wine exports grew very quickly as quality wine production increased. Chile is now the fifth largest exporter of wines in the world. The climate has been described as midway between that of California and France. The most common grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère.

 

We Recommend

Montes Merlot reserve 2008
Region: Valle de colchagua

An elegant and refined wine with a marked fruitness almost irresistible to merlot lovers.  Strong, spicey black pepper full of harmony and soft on the palate.  aging in american oak gives stucture and finesse that will also permit mid term cellaring

Montgras sauv blanc

Region: Valle de Colchague
Style: Grapefruit and grassy - herbal
Vintage: 2010
Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Food Match: seafood, sushi, sashimi, grilled vegetables

Lapostolle Chardonnay

This Chardonnay was partially fermented and aged 6 months in small French oak barrels.  The colour of the wine is bright and deep.  The nose is aromatic and complex with notes of tropical fruits, peach and oak.

Region: Casablanca valley
Style: Tropical fruit flavors
Vintage: 2008
Grape Variety:  Chardonnay
Food Match: salmon steak

Santa Rita 120 Sauv Blanc

This sauvignon blanc is crisp and youthful with concentrated aromas of citrus blossom and peach.  Fruity and floral nuances underscore the wine's fresh character.

Region: D.o. Valle central
Style: Crisp, fresh
Vintage: 2011
Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Food Match: As-aperitif or with shellfish

 

Perez Cruz  Reserve

A no expense spared, premium red wine producer whose first vintage, in 2002, stamped its ambition to make Chile's very best reds.   Their wines have continued to improve over the years and are regular medal winners at the top wine shows across the world.  The liguai is a blend of Syrah, Caberney and carmeneve, reduces yeilds and move time spent in oak adding complexity to the wine.

Region: Maipo Valley
Style: Full bodied
Vintage: 2008
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Match: red meats


 

 

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