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Chilean Wines

Chile is maybe the most perfect country in the world for making wine in. There’s lots of space, a great diversity of geography and climate, an abundance of sunshine, relatively cheap labour, low rainfall and the Pacific Ocean and Andes Mountains, which stop it getting too hot and seem to keep the pests and bugs away.

All this has attracted some of the greatest French, American and Spanish winemakers to invest heavily and the result has been great value wines. Chile has built a trustworthy reputation (or even a “brand identity”), for its beautiful expressions of the classic grape varieties, such as, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. But is there more to this country?

Chile doesn’t consume much of its own wine; in fact consumption per capita is lower than in the UK, which is relatively unusual for a big wine producing nation. This means that Chilean wine can be very commercially driven. But we believe that the truly great wines are made with love. We are also big fans of innovation and experimentation. So it is these two groups that we have sought out for you. We call them “The Lovers” and “The Mad Scientists”.  

In “The Lovers” category, we have reliable Chilean legends like Viña Leyda and Santa Carolina, who make clean single varietal wines that demonstrate Chile’s strength and love. In “The Mad Scientists” category we have De Martino (who are experimenting with ageing wine in clay amphorae despite the threat of earthquakes), Viu Manent (who keep their intriguing blends secret), Pérez Cruz (who love Chile’s adopted grape variety Carménère so much they put it into almost everything) and Oveja Negra (coming soon – who make white wine out of the red Carménère grape).

Which are you? A lover or a mad scientist?

  • Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc Carmenère 2015

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Cabernet Franc and Carmenère is an unusual blend, but it works really well – Cab Franc’s light body, finesse and peppery quality balance out the fuller, more ample fruit of Carmenère.
  • Oveja Negra Sauvignon Blanc Carmenère 2016

    £9.00

    £9.00

    A frankly weird blend of Sauvignon Blanc and the red grape Carmenére, it is marvellously grapefruit-y, with subtle mineral and herbal notes

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  • Los Tortolitos Merlot 2016 Chilean Red Wine

    Los Tortolitos Merlot 2016

    £6.50

    £6.50

    Remember in the 90s when people would talk about Chilean Merlot, "Chilean Merlot it's so expressive, it's like nothing I...
  • Los Tortolitos Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Chilean White Wine

    Los Tortolitos Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £6.50

    £6.50

    For the Spanish aficionados amongst you, you may be aware Los Tortolitos translates as "the Lovebirds." This name derive...
  • Pora Py'a de Chile Merlot

    Porã Py'a de Chile Merlot 2015

    Now £6.98

    Was £7.75

    £6.98

    If it were a lonely hearts ad, we think Porã Py'a's Merlot would read something like this: I'm a young charmer with...
  • Carta Vieja Merlot Red Wine Chile

    Carta Vieja Merlot 2016

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Another major minor-miracle in the Oddbins wine range and a regular member of our bestsellers list, this is a red that k...
  • Carta Vieja Sauvignon Blanc Wine Chile

    Carta Vieja Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    £7.00

    £7.00

    This Sauvignon just goes from strength to strength when it comes to great valued wine. Achieving an astonishing standard...
  • Carta Vieja Cabernet Sauvigon Chilean Red Wine

    Carta Vieja Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

    £7.00

    £7.00

    Chile does a number of things well: it does some pretty nice mountains and it can do miraculous escapes from mines very ...
  • Terra Noble Merlot Red Wine

    Terra Noble Merlot 2015

    Now £7.00

    Was £7.50

    £7.00

    It's already been a long day. Crawling through the strata of humanity, its voices buzzing through the electric wires, er...
  • Terra Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Chilean White Wine

    Terra Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Now £7.00

    Was £7.50

    £7.00

    David Bowie loved to be musical and was a visual chameleon. Sauvignon Blanc likes to shape shift too. This white grape c...
  • Terra Noble Carménère 2015

    Terra Noble Carmenere 2015

    £7.50

    £7.50

    A while ago, a French winemaker was visiting Chile's vineyards. Striding imperiously through the vineyards and inspecti...
  • Terra Noble Chardonnay

    Terra Noble Chardonnay 2016

    Now £8.50

    Was £9.00

    £8.50

    If Chardonnay was an animal it would be a household cat. Some people adore cats, others are a bit cautious around them. ...
  • Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc Carmenere

    Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc Carmenère 2015

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Oveja Negra, if you hadn't gathered from the black sheep on the label, translates as 'Black Sheep' and that's exactly wh...
  • Oveja Negra Sauvignon Blanc Carmenere Chile

    Oveja Negra Sauvignon Blanc Carmenère 2016

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Like when you walk into the garden after a long winter to discover lil' daffodils boldly bursting forth in search of sun...
  • Terra Noble Reserva Syrah 2014

    Terra Noble Reserva Syrah 2014

    £9.50

    £9.50

    Combine Clint Eastwood's character in the seminal western 'Pale Rider' and pair it with the West African proverb: "Speak...
  • William Cole Columbine Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

    William Cole Columbine Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

    £9.50

    £9.50

    While he does have a great singing voice, 'Bill' Cole perhaps doesn't have the best of memories. Waking to his rich teno...
  • William Cole Albamar Sauvignon Blanc 2011

    William Cole Albamar Sauvignon Blanc 2011

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Winemakers go a long way to make sure their grapes are taken care of. But William Cole goes an extra step. Casablancan l...
  • De Martino Legado Carménère 2014

    De Martino Legado Carmenere 2014

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Legado is Spanish for legacy, something handed down by an ancestor or a predecessor. De Martino have got this red wine s...
  • Aymura Syrah Chilean Red Wine 2013

    Aymura Syrah 2013

    £10.50

    £10.50

    Elqui Valley, Chile. Giorgio Flessati, a winemaker from the mountains of Northern Italy, is standing in a barrel room, g...
  • Perez Cruz Waiki Cabernet Chilean Wine

    Pérez Cruz Waiki Cabernet 2013

    Now £11.00

    Was £12.25

    £11.00

    This wine takes its name from a curious custom in the Maipo Andes, in which new brides must go to the river, catch a fis...
  • De Martino Legado Chardonnay 2015

    De Martino Legado Chardonnay 2015

    £11.00

    £11.00

    The goats of the Limari Valley live the good life. The weather's a bit cooler, so they don't get too hot, there are cact...
  • Secret de Viu Manent Viognier Chilean Wine

    Secret de Viu Manent Viognier 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    With an already winning reputation for super-reliable reds, it's often forgotten just how good Chilean whites are now be...
  • Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere Chile Wine

    Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere 2014

    £11.50

    £11.50

    If you've not yet come across a bad Carmenere then there's a very simple reason for this. There aren't many. This is par...
  • Secret de Viu Manent Malbec Red Wine

    Secret de Viu Manent Malbec 2015

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Border-hopping Malbec from the other side of the peninsula in Chile. This is very South American anyway. Small wonder Ch...
  • Viña Leyda Falaris Chardonnay Chilean White Wine

    Viña Leyda Falaris Chardonnay 2015

    £11.75

    £11.75

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015*** What a difference a subtle misspelling can make. Falaris...
  • Viña Leyda 'Canelo' Syrah 2014

    Viña Leyda 'Canelo' Syrah 2014

    £12.00

    £12.00

    ***Bronze at the International Wine Challenge 2015*** Like an alpine orchid, this is a rare beauty from a vert...
  • Merino Syrah

    Merino Movi Limari Syrah 2014

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Don't have the wool pulled over your eyes, this is not an advert for merino jumpers. However, this Syrah would certainly...
  • Merino Chardonnay White Wine

    Merino Movi Limari Chardonnay 2014

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Born in the Limari Valley, this wine shares this land with the 'Piedras Tacitas'; ancient stones marked by the Diaguita ...
  • Aymura Carmenere Red Wine Chilean 2014

    Aymura Carménère 2014

    £12.75

    £12.75

    250 miles north of Santiago lies Chile's Elqui Valley, which may well have been formed by the work of singer Elkie Brook...
  • Viña Leyda Pinot Noir Las Brisas

    Viña Leyda Pinot Noir Las Brisas 2014

    £13.00

    £13.00

    New horizons are a wondrous thing, and the Leyda Valley is exactly that. A new valley opened up by winemakers with a tou...
  • Viu Manent Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2015 Chilean White Wine

    Viu Manent Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2015

    £13.75

    £13.75

    Lady Chardonnay is the benevolent ruler of this kingdom. Whilst being one of the noble grape varieties of the world, she...
  • Matetic Corrallilo Gewurztraminer White Wine

    Matetic Corrallilo Gewurztraminer 2015

    £14.50

    £14.50

    The Alsatian grape variety Gewurtztraminer sounds like one of the nonsense words in Lewis Carroll's poem 'The Jabberwock...
  • Ritual Pinot Noir 2015

    Ritual Pinot Noir 2015

    £14.50

    £14.50

    Agustin thought his luck was in when he was approached by an eccentric entrepreneur and asked to produce 'as much red gr...
  • Aymura Pinot Noir Chilean Red Wine 2013

    Aymura Pinot Noir 2015

    £15.00

    £15.00

    It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible black... Well, don't come crying to us, Dylan Thomas;...
  • Pérez Cruz Carménère 2014 Chilean Wine

    Pérez Cruz Carménère 2014

    Now £15.50

    Was £16.50

    £15.50

    Carmenere is the forgotten one of the six Bordeaux grape varieties. But like an incredibly athletic and intrepid mole it...
  • Matetic EQ Chardonnay White Wine

    Matetic EQ Chardonnay 2013

    £15.50

    £15.50

    Lots of people reckon they don't like Chardonnay, but this Chardonnay is made in San Antonio Valley and the valley's nam...
  • Matetic EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc White Wine

    Matetic EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    £15.50

    £15.50

    This delightful Sauvignon Blanc is certainly worth a try! Tropical fruit combines with citrus to create a delicate and c...
  • Viu Manent Vibo Centenario 2013

    Viu Manent Vibo Centenario 2013

    £17.00

    £17.00

    When shock rocker Marylin Manson penned his famous cookbook 'Burning Buns for Beezlebub' he must have been sipping on th...

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