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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 2016

    £11.50

    £11.50

    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

    £9.50

    £9.50

    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

    £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 Br...
  • Emiliana Natura Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Red Wine

    Emiliana Natura Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Cabernet Sauvignon was the envy of everyone at the gym. Trim, tight tannins and deep, dark fleshed fruit meant this g...
  • Emiliana Natura Carménère 2015 Red Wine

    Emiliana Natura Carmenere 2016

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Carménére is the beautiful stranger that was always there. This enigmatic red grape came from out of no...
  • Emiliana Natura Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Chilean White Wine

    Emiliana Natura Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Now £7.88

    Was £8.75

    £7.88

    The Emiliana Natura Sauvignon Blanc is a transparent yellow in colour with a delightfully complex nose of lime and gr...
  • Los Tortolitos Merlot 2016 Vegan 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 nothin...
  • Merino Movi Limari Syrah Chilean Red Wine 2016

    Merino Movi Limari Syrah 2016

    Now £10.80

    Was £12.00

    £10.80

    Don't have the wool pulled over your eyes, this is not an advert for merino jumpers. However, this Syrah would certai...
  • Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc Carmenere Chilean Red Wine 2017

    Oveja Negra Cabernet Franc Carmenère 2017

    £9.50

    £9.50

    Oveja Negra, if you hadn't gathered from the black sheep on the label, translates as 'Black Sheep' and that's exactly...
  • Pérez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2015 Vegan Red Wine

    Pérez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2015

    £12.25

    £12.25

    Perez Cruz is a noble name, it sounds like it could easily belong to a renowned South American footballer or perhaps a r...
  • Pérez Cruz Carménère 2016 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Pérez Cruz Carménère 2016

    £16.50

    £16.50

    Carmenere is the forgotten one of the six Bordeaux grape varieties. But like an incredibly athletic and intrepid mole...
  • Ritual Pinot Noir 2015 Vegan Red Wine

    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...
  • Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere 2015 Vegan Red Wine

    Secret de Viu Manent Carmenere 2016

    £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 ...
  • Secret de Viu Manent Malbec 2015 Vegan Red Wine

    Secret de Viu Manent Malbec 2016

    £11.50

    £11.50

    Border-hopping Malbec from the other side of the peninsula in Chile. This is very South American anyway. Small wonder...
  • Vina Leyda Reserve Pinot Noir Chilean Red Wine 2015

    Viña Leyda Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

    Now £7.50

    Was £10.00

    £7.50

    The Humboldt Current. What can you say? It's a Pacific Ocean current that runs along the coast of Chile that, being a...

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