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Alto Bajo Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (1x75cl)

Ripe blackcurrant and plum fruit, with a hint of minty eucalyptus and toasty oak spice.

£6.40

Antu Ninquen Syrah 2015 (1x75cl)

Deep, brooding, inky purple in colour with a developed, aromatic nose dominated by ripe black fruits and smoky oak. The palate is full bodied and concentrated, dripping with spicy blackberry fruit and a fair wedge of toasty vanilla oak, finishing soft, supple and rounded.

£12.85

Chateau Los Boldos Tradition Reserve Carmenere 2016 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Chilean Carmenère (see blue link below).

Chateau los Boldos Trad Reserve Carmenere 2015 - October 2017 Decanter review

Chateau Los Boldos was founded in 1991 and is situated 100km south of Santiago in the foothills of the Cachapoal Andes. Working with a portion of old vines originally planted in 1948, their focus from an early stage has been on the production of premium wines.

Los Boldos has 170 hectares of vineyards which benefit from a Mediterranean climate. The clear, bright skies during the summer and the high diurnal temperature range are ideal for growing fruit that maintains fresh acidity whilst ripening to perfection. The nearby Cachapoal river also moderates temperatures, while stony alluvial soils in the vineyard ensure low yields. Los Boldos makes wine exclusively from their own vineyards, therefore controlling everything from grape to bottle.

Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks over a period of eight days at temperatures of 25-28°C. After malolactic fermentation, 60% of the wine was aged in French oak for six months prior to bottling.

Deep ruby red in colour. On the nose, ripe red fruit aromas of wild strawberries and redcurrants mingle with black cherry fruit characters and hints of spice from oak. The palate is balanced and fresh, with integrated tannins and an elegant finish.

£9.25

Clos des Fous Tocao 2013 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition article on Malbec in South America (see blue link below).

Clos des Fous Tocao 2013 - October 2017 Decanter review

The Clos des Fous Tocao is a mesmerizing Malbec from a vineyard planted in 1914 in the southern Bío-Bío Valley, producing fruit with marvelously fresh acidity and fine tannins. Today there are only 27 hectares of Malbec in San Rosendo and Clos des Fous farm four of them. Funnily enough, the word 'Tocao' means 'a bit touched in the head', as nobody else would be crazy enough to work with Malbec in this area!

Clos des Fous is an exciting project between four Chilean friends: Pedro Parra (the viticulturalist), François Massoc and Paco Leyton (the winemakers), and Albert Cussen, who looks after the business. 'Fous' is the French word for 'crazy men', a reference to what their peers described as their 'craziness' in crossing the traditional vineyard boundaries of Chile to source grapes from vineyards in the extreme conditions further south and east. Pedro is the person credited with discovering many of the top vineyard sites across Chile, as well as revolutionising the way in which iconic wineries such as Montes plant and manage their vineyards. The winery is based in Maule, to the South of the main vineyard area, where the 'Fous' make an enviable range of top quality varietal wines.

The grapes (80% Malbec, 20% Carignan) are hand harvested and transported to the winery. Traditional fermentation took place in concrete vats. The wine is aged in French oak from the Allier forest, 30% of which is new. It spends almost two years ageing in oak and is not racked.

An incredible wine with ripe and rich fruit, boasting aromas of dark berries and mahogany. It is fulled bodied on the palate with ripe, well structured tannins and a long, intense finish.

£30.30

De Gras Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2017 (1x 75cl)

Brothers Hernán and Eduardo Gras, along with partner Cristián Hartwig gave life to the Mont Gras winery in 1993, combining state of the art technology with the talent and passion of a very special group of people. With the inspiration of Hernán, who had a long winemaking trajectory in Canada, along with the entrepreneurial vision of his brother Eduardo and Cristián's pragmatic businesses view, they made a perfect combination that has converted MontGras into one of the major wine groups of Chile, with presence in the main wine regions of the country – Colchagua, Maipo and Leyda-, along with a high participation in international markets.

The grapes were selected and hand-harvested during the first two weeks of April.

The bunches of grapes were destemmed and macerated at a cool temperature of 15°C-18°C for two days. The must was then inoculated with selected yeast ready to be fermented at a maximum of 28°C-30°C, with 3 pump overs per day. The total maceration period lasted around 20 days.  75% of the wine had oak contact for 5 months.

This wine is a deep red colour with violet nuances. It has ripe red fruit aromas, plums and soft touches of vanilla that are from the ageing. It has a round and juicy mouth, with a good structure with prominent flavours of raspberries and black cherries with some hints of pepper. This is a long and elegant wine that will tempt you to enjoy another glass.  This wine can be enjoyed immediately or cellared for up to 7 years.

This wine pairs well with red meat, including grilled or casseroled dishes. It is also delicious with provolone-style cheese.

£9.20

De Gras Carmenere Reserva 2016 (1x 75cl)

This wine is the same as the MontGras wine of same vintage and status, ie the 2016 Carmenère Reserva, the MontGras simply being the supermarket label for the same wine. Should any doubt exist over this, we would invite you to take a look at the producer's own fiches techniques/technical data sheets for the two wines (see blue link below).

MontGras and de Gras compared - Carmenere Reserva 2016

Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Chilean Carmenère (see blue link below).

MontGras Reserva Carmenere 2016 - October 2017 Decanter review

The wine is 85% Carmenere, 15% Merlot and hails from the Colchagua Valley, the heartland of Carmenère. Grapes are hand harvested, and the wine was oaked in a measured way (75% oaked, 25% unoaked; for the oaked portion: 80% French oak, 20% American oak; 25% of oak was new; oaking lasted 5 months) to impart complexity without loss of the distinctive Carmenère flavours and fruit.

Deep purple / red in colour with a full bouquet of spice, oak and black fruit and a firm but juicy palate. Offers plum, damson and curranty characters alongside well-integrated toasty oak and layers of vanilla. Excellent, very affordable example of Carmenère.

£9.20

De Gras Merlot 2017 (1x75cl)

Rich and intensely red in the glass with a generously aromatic, ripe nose loaded with blackberry and plum fruit. An attractive balance of fleshy fruit and oak on the palate with notes of mint, rounded velvety tannins that soften its firm structure and dry finish.

£7.90

De Gras Merlot Reserva 2017 (1x 75cl)

Brothers Hernán and Eduardo Gras, along with partner Cristián Hartwig gave life to the Mont Gras winery in 1993, combining state of the art technology with the talent and passion of a very special group of people. With the inspiration of Hernán, who had a long winemaking trajectory in Canada, along with the entrepreneurial vision of his brother Eduardo and Cristián's pragmatic businesses view, they made a perfect combination that has converted MontGras into one of the major wine groups of Chile, with presence in the main wine regions of the country – Colchagua, Maipo and Leyda-, along with a high participation in international markets.

The grapes from  are selected and hand-harvested between the last week of March and the first week of April.

The bunches of grapes were destemmed and then cold soaked for 24 hours at between 15°C and 18°C. Selected yeast was then inoculated ready for fermentation at a maximum temperature of 28°C–30°C.  70% of the wine had oak contact for 5 months.

This is a clean, ruby-red coloured wine with aromas of ripe fruit such as plums and blackberries. It is of medium body with an enveloping texture that achieves excellent balance with the fruit flavours and the notes from the ageing, such as vanilla and tobacco. This is a great representative of the variety that is well worth trying. This wine can be enjoyed immediately or cellared for 6 years. 

£9.19

De Gras Pinot Noir Reserva 2014 (1x 75cl)

Cherry red in colour with fresh and intense aromas of cherry on the nose with a touch of rose petals. A medium bodied wine with fresh red fruit and a refreshing acidity and richness.

£9.20

De Martino Legado Carmenere 2015 (6x75cl)

Awarded 89 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition review of Chilean Carmenère (see blue link below).

De Martino Legado Carmenere 2015 - October 2017 Decanter review

The De Martino family came from Italy in 1934 and settled in Chile in the Maipo valley. From the beginning they specialised mainly in creating wines from Bordeaux grape varieties. In 1996, the family decided to label and export Chile's first Carmenere from the renowned vineyard of Alto de Piedras. Today, the winery combines the experience of the family's third generation - represented by Pietro, Marco and Remo De Martino - with the dynamism and vision of the already-incorporated fourth generation, where Marco Antonio and Sebastián De Martino, together with the winemakers Marcelo Retamal and Eduardo Jordán, are leading the winery's new projects.

Produced with grapes from two different vineyards in the Maipo Valley: one in the Isla de Maipo area and the other located in the foothills of the Coastal Mountain Range. This is 100% Carmenere (unusual), made with indigenous yeasts, aged for 16 months in old French oak barrels, and just lightly filtered without fining.

Fresh and intense with notes of white pepper and plum, which are balanced by sweet aromas of vanilla. A pleasant acidity fills the palate, with well-structured tannins.

£68.95

De Martino SV Old Bush Vines Malbec Limavida 2011 (1x75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition article on Malbec in South America (see blue link below).

De Martino Limavida OBV Malbec 2011 - October 2017 Decanter review

The De Martino family came from Italy in 1934 and settled in Chile in Isla de Maipo (D.O. Maipo). At the beginning they specialised mainly in creating wines from Bordeaux grape varieties. In 1996, the family decided to label and export Chile's first Carmenere from the renowned vineyard of Alto de Piedras. Today, having reached 80 years of history, the winery combines the experience of the family's third generation - represented by Pietro, Marco and Remo De Martino - with the dynamism and vision of the already incorporated fourth generation, where Marco Antonio and Sebastián De Martino, together with the winemakers Marcelo Retamal and Eduardo Jordán, are leading the winery new projects.

85% Malbec, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere. Manually harvested, gently pressed before cold maceration. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, left on skins for 60 days most fermentation. Malolactic fermentation, indigenous yeast. The wine was aged in oak barrels for fully 2 years.

Deep and intense, purplish red in colour. The nose displays black cherry, cedar and rosemary, well balanced with the oak from the foudre. The palate shows great freshness and rich acidity, giving for a persistent wine with ripe tannins.

£21.15

De Martino Viejas Tinajas Cinsault 2015 (6x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their April 2017 edition review of Chile (see blue link below).

 

De Martino Viejas Tinajas Cinsault 2015 - April 2017 Decanter review

 

The De Martino family came from Italy in 1934 and settled in Chile in the Maipo valley. From the beginning, they specialised mainly in creating wines from Bordeaux grape varieties. In 1996, the family decided to label and export Chile's first Carmenere from the renowned vineyard of Alto de Piedras. Today, the winery combines the experience of the family's third generation - represented by Pietro, Marco and Remo De Martino - with the dynamism and vision of the already-incorporated fourth generation, where Marco Antonio and Sebastián De Martino, together with the winemakers Marcelo Retamal and Eduardo Jordán, are leading the winery's new projects.

De Martino resurrects an old winemaking tradition of using large earthenware jars, known as amphorae or tinajas, that is deeply rooted in rural Chilean winemaking culture to create this all-natural wine. The fruit is cultivated from an unirrigated vineyard in the heart of the coastal mountain region of the Itata Valley located 400 kilometers south of Santiago and 22 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. Viejas Tinajas, meaning “old amphorae,” is fermented and aged in 100-year-old amphorae that have been rescued by the De Martino family.  The winery does not intervene or disrupt the process at all.  A lovely fresh nose of red currant jam and violets is well defined. The palate is medium in body with crisp red currant and dark cherry accented by touches of fig and marmalade.

£95.05

Falernia Carmenere 2015 (1x75cl)

Fairly deep red with a pale rim. Very sweet ripeness on the nose, possibly red gooseberry jam and a hint of green pepper. Ripe fruit on palate with soft texture.

£9.90

Falernia Carmenere Reserva 2015 (1x75cl)

Deep in colour,green pepper,chocolate and vanilla notes on the nose,rich with ripe tannins and spicy aroma on the palate.

£13.95

Falernia Carmenere Syrah Reserva 2014 (1x75cl)

Bright and deep in colour. This wine shows rich fruit concentration; on the nose black pepper, red fruit, dark chocolate. Great body with soft tannins on the palate.

£11.50
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