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Similar to the Argentinian wine industry, Chilean wines were primarily produced in high volumes at low cost for local consumption. But, in the early 1980's a renaissance began with the introduction modern equipment (similar to earlier efforts by Australia and New Zealand) such as stainless steel fermentation tanks, refrigeration and more use of oak barrels for aging. The positive consequences of this new investment was a massive improvement in quality and presentation of wine, followed by significant increases in exports, especially to the UK. Again like in Argentina, a number of Chilean wineries, some with support from well established European and American wineries are now producing wines of superior quality and are commanding prices similar to the top growths in France, Italy and Spain.
The entry of Chile into the UK wine market with volume and quality wines during the late 1980's was well timed. Although Australian wines were well established in the UK, some regions started increasing prices way beyond normal inflation and Chile took advantage big time. Not only did Australia lose out, but California (whose wines have never been cheap) and parts of Europe producing wines from similar grape varieties as Chile. The main problem for the competition was Chile's ability to produce easy drinking flavoursome wines at low cost.
The favoured grape varieties of Chile are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Carmenere, Zinfandel, Viognier, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and the ever improving cultivation of the Chardonnay grape in the cooler climate regions.
The following are the most important and well known wine regions of Chile and Alexander Hadleigh wine Merchants, Southampton, Hampshire, UK maintain a very large selection of wines from each region for sale online or at our Southampton shop: Casablanca Valley Wines, Maipo Valley Wines, Maule Valley Wines, Rapel Valley Wines, Valle Central Wines, Curico Valley Wines and Colchagua Valley Wines.
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Tierra del Rey Sauvignon Blanc is a light yellow colour in the glass with hints of green. The wine has aromas of fresh grapefruit and citrus, including lime. The palate enjoys more citrus, gooseberry and melon. The finish fresh, crisp and lively.
Tierra del Rey Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep ruby red colour with aromas of ripe dark cherries and juicy plums. On the palate, there are flavours of jammy blackcurrants, blackberries and blueberries, with hints of soft warm spice. Well balanced with a smooth lingering finish.
Tierra del Rey Merlot has a red garnet colour in the glass with purple glints. On the nose, aromas of rich black cherries, prunes and hints of violet. The palate displays further complexity with flavours of vanilla, more rich fruit and a little chocolate. Medium-bodied and balanced with a rich, long finish.
Tierra de Estrellas Sauvignon Blanc is a light yellow colour in the glass with aromas of fresh grapefruit and lime. On the palate, there are flavours of juicy ripe melon and white raspberries. The finish has subtle minerality, with a refreshing crispness.
Tierra de Estrellas Merlot has a deep purple colour in the glass with garnet hues. There are intense aromas of rich black cherry, blackberry and hints of chocolate on the nose. The palate is well balanced with the dark fruit, supple tannins and a little vanilla.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Kintu, Maule Valley, Chile, is an easy drinking smooth wine with ripe berry and black bramble flavours. Serve on its own or with pasta, meats, pizza or with chargrilled meats,
Vina Ventisquero Clasico Chardonnay, Central Valley is a well rounded wine with good body and delicious acidity. Its smoothness and balanced acidity on the palate make it an ideal accompaniment to shellfish, fish with mild sauces and white meat.The finish is soft and dominated by tropical fruit.
Cabernet Sauvignon Villarrica Maule Valley Chile is an erruption with rich plum and luscious damson fruit, gentle overtones of spice, cloves add complexity and depth,
Chardonnay Villarrica Maule Valley Chile has a bright straw yellow colour. Strong tropical fruit aromas with pineapple, mango and banana aromas emphasised. In the mouth it is full bodied, fresh and full of fruit. Highlighted by great persistence and an excellent balance,
Colchagua Cabernet Sauvignon, Montes Classic Series, 2014 has a great depth of colour and serious ripe red plum flavours combined with lots of spice on the aftertaste.
Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc, Montes Classic Series, 2016 is made in a fresh, unoaked style which highlights the pristine fruit. Try with seafood or smoked meats or fish.
Curico Valley Chardonnay, Montes Classic Series, 2015 the wine is fermented in oak which gives off a full rich flavour of sweet apples and spice. Refreshing and very long lasting on the finish.
Vina Ventisquero Reserva Chardonnay from the Casablanca Valley in Chile has an expressive and elegant nose which highlights the aromas of tropical fruits of papaya and pineapple with soft citrus notes. A full bodied wine with richness and soft finish.