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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?

  • Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere 2015

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    £10.50

    This is a guarantee of the full-bodied, smooth, satisfying type of red that Carmenere is so well known for.
  • Oveja Negra Sauvignon Blanc Carmenère 2016

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    £8.50

    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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  • Aymura Carmenere 2015

    Aymura Carménère 2015

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    250 miles north of Santiago lies Chile's Elqui Valley, which may well have been formed by the work of singer Elkie Br...
  • Merino Movi Limari Chardonnay 2014 White Wine

    Merino Movi Limari Chardonnay 2014

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    Born in the Limari Valley, this wine shares this land with the 'Piedras Tacitas'; ancient stones marked by the Diagui...
  • Merino Movi Limari Syrah Chilean Red Wine 2016

    Merino Movi Limari Syrah 2016

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    £11.00

    Don't have the wool pulled over your eyes, this is not an advert for merino jumpers. However, this Syrah would certai...
  • Perez Cruz Waiki Cabernet 2014 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Pérez Cruz Waiki Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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    £11.50

    This wine takes its name from a curious custom in the Maipo Andes, in which new brides must go to the river, catch a ...
  • Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere 2015 Vegan Red Wine

    Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere 2015

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    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 ...
  • Secret de Viu Manent Malbec 2015 Vegan 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...
  • Secret de Viu Manent Viognier 2015 Vegan White 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...

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