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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 Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (1x75cl)

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. The estate has been transformed since being purchased by Sogrape in 2008. Renowned soil scientist and viticultural consultant Pedro Parra (of Clos des Fous) was brought in to assess the plots and match the right variety to the different soils around the estate. The type of rootstock, planting density, orientation and the frequency of irrigation were all within Pedro’s remit, and the results – significantly improved grapes – are now being seen in the wines, especially since Victor Arce, previously of Perez Cruz, joined as winemaker in 2015.

Los Boldos has 170 hectares of vineyards which benefit from a Mediterranean climate. Clear, bright skies during the summer and a high diurnal temperature range are ideal for growing fruit that maintains fresh acidity while 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. The wines for the Grande Reserve range are produced with hand-harvested grapes sourced from vineyards that are more than 15 years old.

2015 saw relatively warm temperatures throughout the year. This required well-judged picking dates and careful winemaking in order to maintain acidity and ensure freshness in the wines.

The must saw three days of pre-fermentation maceration in stainless steel tanks to aid colour and flavour extraction from the grapes. It then underwent 20 days of fermentation and further maceration at 25-28°C. It spent 10 months in French oak barrels before bottling.

The wine’s intense ruby colour echoes its aromas of cherry, plum and cassis, with touches of leather and smoke. The palate is fantastically balanced, with ripe tannins and a persistent finish.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£13.15

Chateau Los Boldos Grande Reserve Merlot 2014 (1x75cl)

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. The estate has been transformed since being purchased by Sogrape in 2008. Renowned soil scientist and viticultural consultant Pedro Parra (of Clos des Fous) was brought in to assess the plots and match the right variety to the different soils around the estate. The type of rootstock, planting density, orientation and the frequency of irrigation were all within Pedro’s remit, and the results – significantly improved grapes – are now being seen in the wines, especially since Victor Arce, previously of Perez Cruz, joined as winemaker in 2015.

Los Boldos has 170 hectares of vineyards which benefit from a Mediterranean climate. Clear, bright skies during the summer and a high diurnal temperature range are ideal for growing fruit that maintains fresh acidity while 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. The wines for the Grande Réserve range are produced with hand-harvested grapes sourced from vineyards planted in the early 2000's.

2015 saw relatively high temperatures throughout the year. This required well-judged picking dates and careful winemaking in order to maintain acidity and ensure freshness in the wines.

The Merlot grapes were macerated for 25 days in stainless steel tanks, with fermentation taking place at temperatures between 25-28°C. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation, and was then aged for 10 months in French oak prior to bottling.

This wine is ruby red in colour, with youthful hues. Bright aromas of red fruits, plums and raspberries are complemented by spicy notes and toast aromas from its time in oak. On the palate, it has soft tannins and good length.

Thia wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£13.15

Chateau Los Boldos Tradition Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 (1x75cl)

Château 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, the focus from the onset has been on the production of premium wines. The estate has been transformed since it was purchased by Sogrape in 2008. Renowned soil scientist and viticultural consultant Pedro Parra (of Clos des Fous) was brought in to assess the plots and match the right variety to the different soils around the estate. The type of rootstock, planting density, orientation and the frequency of irrigation were all within Pedro’s remit, and the results are now being seen in the wines, especially since Victor Arce, previously of Perez Cruz, joined as winemaker in 2015.

Los Boldos has 170 hectares of vineyards which benefit from a Mediterranean climate. The clear, bright skies during the summer and the wide 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.

Due to El Niño weather patterns, 2016 had a relatively cool growing season with heavy rains in April. This reduced yield, but also lengthened the ripening season, allowing for the slow maturation of grapes which benefits flavour development.

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

Deep ruby red in colour, this wine has ripe red fruit aromas of wild strawberries and redcurrants mingling with black cherry fruit characters and hints of spice from oak ageing. The palate is balanced and fresh, with integrated tannins and an elegant finish.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£9.25

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

The 2015 vintage (no longer available) was 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.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£9.25

Chateau Los Boldos Tradition Reserve Merlot 2017 (1x75cl)

Château 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, the focus from the onset has been on the production of premium wines. The estate has been transformed since it was purchased by Sogrape in 2008. Renowned soil scientist and viticultural consultant Pedro Parra (of Clos des Fous) was brought in to assess the plots and match the right variety to the different soils around the estate. The type of rootstock, planting density, orientation and the frequency of irrigation were all within Pedro’s remit, and the results are now being seen in the wines, especially since Victor Arce, previously of Perez Cruz, joined as winemaker in 2015.

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.

2017 was notable for the severely damaging fires that spread across large areas of Chile in the first part of the year. Fortunately there was no damage to the Cachapoal Andes area. A generally warm summer produced ripe fruit flavours and the grape harvest started earlier than usual.

The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks for eight days at temperatures between 25-28°C. 60% of the wine spent six months in French oak barrels before bottling to soften the tannins and add complex layers of flavour.

This Merlot is bright ruby-red in colour, with aromas of sour cherries, blackberries, blackcurrants and a touch of vanilla. On the palate, the wine is balanced with velvety tannins and a soft, elegant finish.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£9.35

Chateau Los Boldos Tradition Reserve Syrah 2015 (1x75cl)

Château 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, the focus from the onset has been on the production of premium wines. The estate has been transformed since it was purchased by Sogrape in 2008. Renowned soil scientist and viticultural consultant Pedro Parra (of Clos des Fous) was brought in to assess the plots and match the right variety to the different soils around the estate. The type of rootstock, planting density, orientation and the frequency of irrigation were all within Pedro’s remit, and the results are now being seen in the wines, especially since Victor Arce, previously of Perez Cruz, joined as winemaker in 2015.

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.

A rainy winter at the start of the 2014/2015 season helped to accumulate enough water for the entire growing season. January was very cloudy, but February was partially clear and a bit warmer than usual, which allowed harvest to begin at the end of the month with concentrated and aromatic grapes with balanced sugar and acidity levels.

The Syrah grapes for this wine were macerated in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation lasted eight days, at temperatures between 25-28°C. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation before 60% of the wine was placed in French oak barrels and aged for six months.

A deep, dark red wine, with aromas of ripe red fruits and spiced notes of black pepper and tobacco. On the palate, this wine is balanced and spicy with velvety tannins and a soft, fruity finish.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£9.25

Chateau Los Boldos Vieilles Vignes Merlot 2015 (1x75cl)

Château 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, the focus from the onset has been on the production of premium wines. The estate has been transformed since it was purchased by Sogrape in 2008. Renowned soil scientist and viticultural consultant Pedro Parra (of Clos des Fous) was brought in to assess the plots and match the right variety to the different soils around the estate. The type of rootstock, planting density, orientation and the frequency of irrigation were all within Pedro’s remit, and the results are now being seen in the wines, especially since Victor Arce, previously of Perez Cruz, joined as winemaker in 2015.

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.

The grapes for this wine are harvested by hand. They then undergo a prefermentative maceration, spending seven days in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures. The must is then fermented over a period of 30 days at a controlled temperature of between 26 - 28°C. Malaolactic fermentation is then allowed to take place before the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

This wine is an intense ruby-red colour with violet shades. There are aromas of plums, raspberries, strawberries and cherries, with toasted, spicy and herbal notes. This wine is perfectly balanced on the palate, with soft, velvety tannins and a smooth and elegant finish. This wine has the potential to age well for up to 15 years.

£17.65

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
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