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Casa Azul Sauvignon 2017 (6x75cl)

A pale lemon green in colour, there are aromas are of gooseberries, cut grass and elderflower. On the palate it is very fresh flavours of pineapple and passion fruit and a light and refreshing finish. A fruity easy drinking wine, perfect as an aperitif.

£49.45

Chateau Los Boldos Tradition Reserve Chardonnay 2018 (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 drastic 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 Chardonnay grapes were macerated in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation took place over three weeks at temperatures between 13-15°C. No malolactic fermentation took place, and the wine spent a further three months in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling.

Bright pale yellow in colour, this wine has aromas of tropical fruit, apricots and pears. Lively and fresh acidity complements the wine’s persistent fruitiness and elegant finish.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£9.35

Chateau Los Boldos Tradition Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (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. 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 must was fermented at a cool 13-15°C for a lengthy three week period in stainless steel tanks to retain crisp, clean varietal flavours. It rested for another three months in tank with no malolactic fermentation. The resulting wine is zesty and fresh with a bright fruit profile.

This wine is bright pale yellow in colour with youthful hues. On the nose, it has fresh citrus fruit and orange blossom aromas. The concentrated fruit flavours are vibrant and lively on the palate, and the finish is crisp and fruity.

This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

£9.25

De Gras Chardonnay 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.

To see a comprehensive information sheet for this wine, please click the blue link below.

De Gras Chardonnay 2017 - fiche technique

£7.90

De Gras Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (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.

Grapes were handpicked in the morning and kept cool until pressing to conserve the fresh fruit. The free-run juice was kept separate from the press to preserve the highest quality achievable. The must was fermented at low temperatures of 12º C in stainless steel for approximately 15 days. The wine was filtered and fined before bottling.

Clear and bright in the glass with an aromatic nose that offers herbaceous characters alongside gooseberry, lychee and lemon aromas. The palate is dry, medium bodied and clean as a whistle as the grassy, lemon lime flavours are encouraged with a crisp structure that makes for a dangerously easy drinking, refreshing wine.

£7.90

De Gras Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2018 (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. The De Gras “Star Man” reflects the magic, the sky and stars in the agricultural and winemaking cycles, giving life to wines that express the work done by the farmers who have close ties with the land.

Please click on the blue link below for the excellent, most recent fiche technique / technical note on this wine from the winemakers themselves.

De Gras Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2017 - fiche technique

£9.20

De Gras Viognier Reserva 2017 (1x75cl)

Chile is a unique, remote land, at the end of the world. Apart from being known as a paradise for producing exceptional quality wine, it’s also famous for its crystal clear skies and bright stars adorning the nights throughout the entire country. The De Gras “Star Man” reflects the magic, the sky and stars in the agricultural and winemaking cycles, giving life to wines that express the work done by the farmers who have close ties with the land. De Gras wines are easy to drink and have the distinctive MontGras seal. Their reds are round and fruity with soft tannins and well integrated oak.

This exotic, sumptuously rich wine is packed with aromas of ripe tropical fruit and flowers. It is full bodied, dripping with juicy nectarine, melon and papaya flavours, finishing rounded and succulent.

£9.20

De Martino Estate Chardonnay 2017 (6x75cl)

De Martino winery was founded in 1934 by Pietro De Martino. He arrived in Chile, having travelled from Italy to look for the perfect property to satisfy his desire to make wine in the area.  He subsequently found his Isla de Maipo site just 50 km from Santiago in the Maipo Valley between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The vineyards stand on one of the former river tributarie as the unique soil characteristics are particularly well suited to growing grapes.  The winery is now in the hands of the third and fourth generations of the De Martino family.  

The De Martino Estate Chardonnay is light and fresh. There are aromas of melon and red apple. This is a well balanced wine with a good mouthfeel. The flavours are of fruit and citrus alongside an enjoyable level of minerality.

£52.30

De Martino Viejas Tinajas Muscat 2016 (1x75cl)

Awarded 96 points and rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2017 edition article on South America's Top Ten Winemakers  (see blue link below).

De Martino Viejas Tinajas Muscat 2016 - October 2017 Decanter review

Previous vintages have also seen outstanding reviews, these being awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in all of their 

a) October 2016 edition review of Itata (Chile) (2014 vintage)

b) January 2017 edition review of their Most Exciting Wines of 2016 (2015 vintage) and

c) April 2017 edition review of Chile (2015 vintage) (see blue links below).

De Martino Muscat Viejas Tinajas 2014 - October 2016 Decanter review 

De Martino Muscat Viejas Tinajas 2015 - January 2017 Decanter review

De Martino Muscat Viejas Tinajas 2015 - April 2017 Decanter review

Viejas Tinajas comes from the coastal vineyards of the Itata Valley located in the southern region of Chile; it is the cradle of the country's viticulture, with vines dating back to 1551. The area is characterized by a coastal climate, with high levels of rainfall, rolling hills and granite soils. A sustainable agriculture, including dry farming and ploughing with horses are practiced in the vineyards. This wine is fermented and aged in centennial earthenware jars (tinajas or amphorae), thereby rescuing the tradition of the first Chilean vine growers.

A remarkable ochre hue in the glass gives way to vibrant grapey aromas, floral notes and hints of honey. There is an impressive weight and on the palate, where the tantalising Muscat character comes through, followed by a touch of earthiness on the finish. So expressive and inviting with a nice tannin structure. This has real potential as an alternative aperitif or as an accompaniment for cheese.

Note: this wine is unusual as the above winemaking notes/reviews reveal. It is a) cloudy and b) does have unusual/esoteric yeasty flavours of fermentation (sherry/cider/beer-like). This is an intended effect. 

£15.85

Laberinto Las Cenizas Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 (1x75cl)

Rafael Tirado is the creator and winemaker of the boutique Laberinto, based in a stunning location overlooking Lake Colbun, Maule. Sited at the foothills of the Andes, 600m above sea level, this is considered the coolest spot in Chile, with wines of a naturally lower pH than the Leyda valley. High-density plantings on volcanic ash and clay impart an undeniable minerality to Rafael’s Sauvignon Blanc, which is gaining something of a cult following. The unusual curves (or labyrinths) of the vineyards - hence Laberinto - were planted to achieve more complexity through varying exposures of the fruit to the sun.

The grapes were hand harvested from vines that are now over 20 years old. The vineyard sits on soil comprising of volcanic ash (cenizas is ashes in Spanish).  After fermentation and pressing the grapes spend between four and six hours macerating in the press. The wine stayed in contact with its fine lees for three months before bottling.

A fresh profile with minerality, poise, and an intense yet subtle nose of citric, herbal and wet stone aromas. The palate is sharp and precise, vibrant and very focused with very high acidity that makes you salivate, it doesn''t dry your palate, it makes you want to keep drinking. Its very tasty, ending with a mineral, supple, almost saline note. It''s as if it were made out of stones, not grapes!

This wine goes particularly well with grilled seabass, asparagus and chips, young cheeses and Asian cuisine with herbs and lime.

£15.65

Montes Alpha Casablanca Chardonnay 2016 (1x75cl)

Montes was established in 1988 by Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, with the aim of producing the best wines in Chile from the best regions. The Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon, first produced in 1987, broke the mould for premium wines in Chile. Since then, Alpha has developed to become the core range in the Montes portfolio. The grapes and sites are carefully selected in order to ensure varietal integrity and complexity. Viticulture is hands on rather than mechanical or industrial. The result is a range of wines that offer superb value within the premium wine market.

The vineyards are in the Aconcagua Costa region, where the proximity to the Pacific Ocean and influence of cool sea breezes produce the perfect conditions to enable slow and full ripening. The variable sandy to sandy-loam soils lend complexity to the wine, with great cool-climate typicity. All the vineyards are vertically trained and drip-irrigated. The clusters are evenly distributed on the vines, which keeps the grapes well-ventilated and healthy.

2014 - 2015 began in September, with intense polar frosts. The Aconcagua Valley had the lowest temperatures, leading to a major reduction in yields. Once the frost had passed, budbreak and flowering occurred as usual. In spring alternating cloudy and sunny days, enabled good fruit set. Higher temperatures in early summer, coupled with the low yields meant harvest was several days earlier than usual. In March, no rain and low temperatures, allowed for gradual ripening. This created excellent aromas and flavours in our Chardonnays, which are very intense, with excellent acidity.

The grapes are hand-picked early in the morning then carefully selected and destemmed. The grapes are processed in one of three different ways - full-cluster pressed, destemmed then pressed, or cold-soaked for several hours. These techniques enable diverse extraction of aromas from the skins. The juice obtained from pressing and maceration is piped to a static decantation tank where it remains for 24 to 48 hours, then is racked to a fermentation tank. It is then inoculated with cerevisiae yeast beginning fermentation, which lasts around 25 days at 13º - 14ºC. Once complete, 80% of the wine is sulfited to stop the action of the yeast and protect the wine from oxidation. Lactic bacteria is added to the remaining unsulfited wine, giving it a smoother and more voluminous palate. 40% of the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

A deep golden yellow colour. Standout ripe tropical fruit notes of pineapple, banana, apricot, and asparagus and artichoke hearts typical of coastal-climate wines. The 12 months in French oak confers notes of toast and vanilla and heightens the lactic butterscotch tones. The palate has enjoyably acidic, with a fruity persistence.

£14.05

Primera Luz Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (1x75cl)

Primera Luz is produced by Viñedos Puertas, a family-run business founded in 1950. The vineyard is comprised of 80 hectares of fields irrigated by water flowing down from the Andes Mountains, and a winery known as El Milagro, located at the heart of the Curico Valley. The wines embody the character of the region, and display brilliant freshness.

The grapes for this wine were picked between mid February and mid March. After de-stemming and pressing the, juice was chilled and settled overnight in stainless steel tanks. After racking off the settled solid, the juice was inoculated with a cultured yeast and fermented at a cool 12 - 16 degrees Celsius to retain the fresh and delicate varietal characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc.

Primera Luz Sauvignon Blanc is pale straw yellow in colour. Aromas of lime and grapefruit core, surrounded by passion fruit notes. Crisp and juicy in the palate, with lime, pear and herbal flavours in delicate balance, with a soft finish.

£7.20

Santa Rita Medalla Real Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2017 (1x75cl)

Bright, greenish-yellow in colour with an intense and complex nose that combines mineral notes with light citrus, nectarines and flowers. The palate stands out for its refreshing acidity that balances nicely with the wine’s fruitiness, weight, silky texture and depth.

£13.30

Torreon De Paredes Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (1x75cl)

Since its founding in 1979 in Rengo, 130 km. south of Santiago, Torreón de Paredes winery has had one clear, guiding principle: “A good wine can only be produced using top quality proprietary grapes”. This fundamental purpose gives the wines of Torreón de Paredes, which sits in the middle of the well-known Cachapoal Valley the unique characteristics of a celebrated winery. 

Please click the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves on the 2016 Vintage

Torreon de Paredes Sauvignon Blanc 2016 - fiche technique

£8.25

Valdivieso Single Vineyard Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (1x 75cl)

Based in Lontué in the Curicó Valley, Valdivieso has a wealth of vineyards and the quality of their terroirs is shown by their Single Valley Lot/Valley Selection and Single Vineyard wines. The whole range encapsulates everything that Chile excels at: rich, vibrant flavours and smooth, glossy textures - and the wines deserve the multitude of gongs they have picked up in recent years. Well-travelled Kiwi winemaker, Brett Jackson, has settled in Chile and much of Valdivieso’s success in recent years can be credited to his talent.

The vineyards here are located in the Leyda Valley, enjoying a strong influence from Leyda's maritime climate, due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. This area is cold, therefore ideal for Sauvignon Blanc and its preferred slower ripening. This allows for greater retention of acidity and greater aromatic qualities. The objective is to make a wine that is a true reflection of this area, through an optimal combination of soil, climate and vine.

100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Harvest is by solely by hand in the second week of March. Traditional winemaking methods are employed, with the aim that the wine is a faithful reflection of the terroir from which it comes. The clusters are taken directly to the presses. The must undergoes a natural fermentation in barrels, driven by 'wild' yeasts, present in the grapes. To ensure successful fermentation, there is no addition of sulfur dioxide. The wine is kept in barrels of 500 litres, the barrels being of 100% French oak, and kept in contact with its lees for 6 months. Malolactic fermentation is not allowed to occur, in order to retain the crisp natural acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc grape.

Bright with noticeable green highlights. Has an elegant aromatic profile, studded with aromas of white fruits, mixed with a soft vegetable character with green chilli notes. This is a most fruity Sauvignon Blanc with more body than is usual: a direct result of the barrel fermentation and lees contact. It is unctuous and of a rich acidity that refreshes the palate, combining fresh fruit flavours and mineral characters with vinification techniques of 'wild ferment', to produce a wine of great elegance and balance.

£14.20
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