Chilean vineyards have the famous reputation of being ‘free from phylloxera,' the notorious vine louse that ravaged Europe's vineyards in the mid 1800s. Chile's isolation, via the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, protected its vineyards from phylloxera. Starting a vineyard in Chile is much simpler than in other regions where phylloxera has been a problem. To start a vineyard in Chile, all one has to do is plant vine cuttings; Chileans don't have to worry about grafting their vines onto phylloxera-resistant rootstock. Chile has numerous wine regions that contribute a broad array of styles and various levels of quality to Chilean wine offerings. The most important regions are the following: Casablanca, Aconcagua and the Central Valley which is encompassed by Maipo, Rapel, Curico and Maule. Aconcagua produces some of the finest Cabernet in Chile, and Casablanca, near the coast produces some of Chile's best whites, including Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Chile's Maipo Valley is a Bordeaux varietal Mecca. Before phylloxera ravaged the vineyards of Europe in the mid 1800s, Maipo was planted with vine cuttings imported from Bordeaux. The rest of the Central Valley is successfully planted with Bordeaux varietals, both white and red, and Chardonnay.
"With an intense and clear deep ruby red colour, this wine presents a marked bouquet of ripe berries and plums with herbaceous and slightly spicy notes. It is fresh to the palate, with good acidity and firm velvety tannins confirming all the previous fruitiness."
"93 Points - James Suckling. Freshly-picked blackcurrants, tile, clay, citrus rind, nutmeg and rosemary. Full body, very refined yet also very generous in terms of grainy tannins and darker fruit. Long and chewy on the finish."
"Firm but perfectly ripe tannins were the result of a warm season. Maipo Cabernet Sauvignon is characterized by scents of cassis and mint, and this year was not the exception. The rich and ripe fruit blends effortlessly with vanilla and toasty oak. This wine is dense and concentrated, with good length and the capacity to improve for the next 3-5 years."
"Intensely violet in color, on the nose this wine exhibits heady notes of cedar, bacon fat, and graphite with just a hint of fresh lavender. In the mouth an initial attack of black cherry, sweet tobacco and cinnamon gives way to just a touch of earthiness and ripe bell pepper. Ripe tannins and fresh acidity combine to give good balance and length."
"Passion fruit, lettuce, grapefruit and tropical aromas get this Sauvignon Blanc off to a nice start. Zesty, speedy and super fresh on the palate, with blazing acidity, this tastes of passion fruit, green herbs and grass, especially on a racy, slightly pithy finish."
"San Clemente Sauvignon Blanc is fresh and vibrant, with inviting aromas of melon, lemons and grass. It is light and dry with flavors of fruit and herbal elements. Perfect with shellfish and most cheeses."
"Bright hue, intense mulberry nose, with raspberry, plum, cedar, spicey, clove aromas also present. In the mouth, the wine has bright red berry fruit with underlying blackberry, cedar, oak, vanilla and smoky flavors. The mouthfeel has a creamy edge from the oak treatment. Finish is lively, smooth and round, with a medium fuller mouthfeel."
"Soft Yellow in color with a hints of green hue. Aromas of cut grass, fresh figs, with notes of citrus, green apple, pear and apricots. The palate has vibrant acidity balanced with a full body and luscious creaminess."
"Deep ruby red colour, with aromas of ripe fruit, bitter chocolate and spices. The palate shows good structure and concentration with currant and plum flavours complemented by rounded, polished tannins. To be enjoy solo or with reds meats, barbecues and a range of cheeses"
"Intense, ruby-red in color with a bouquet dominated by fresh ripe fruits such as berries and spicy notes associated with components in the oak barrels. Medium-bodied, very silky, and well-balanced with good acidity that lends a fresh sensation. Long and pleasing on the finish."