They say that a good wine needs time to reveal its qualities, but it also needs dedication and constant commitment. Few products can embody so much expertise and thousands of years of history as those made by Botter. It has passed through the careful hands of three generations for whom wine was a passion as well as a trade. They have responded to the constantly evolving market over time, in a process of ongoing expansion.
After the grapes are harvested during the second half of September, this wine undergoes traditional red wine vinification at a controlled temperature between 25 and 27 °C.
This is an elegant, well-structured wine with typical ruby red colour. It has a clean bouquet with notes of currants and violets. The palate is balanced, delicate and persistent.
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.
From the second week of February 2018 there was a sudden rise in temperature, with maximums above 35°C that accelerated the ripening processes of the early ripening varieties. March, a very important month for the development of the medium to late ripening varieties, experienced moderate to fresh conditions which ensured grapes accumulated sugars slowly and retained good levels of acidity. Harvest of these varieties was one to two weeks later than usual. Overall the 2018 season produced good yields of excellent quality grapes resulting in wines with balanced natural acidity, moderate alcohols and vibrant freshness.
The grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks for eight days at temperatures between 25-28°C. Following fermentation, the wine was transferred to used oak barrels (a mix of French and American) for four months during which time malolactic fermentation took place.
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.
ABV = 13.5%.
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.
This wine is full of fresh, raspberry and strawberry aromas, with a light and juicy palate that is bursting with forest fruit. It is easy-drinking and moreish. This wine is a great match for many foods including lamb chops with coarse-grain mustard and red-tomato chutney, grilled lamb kebabs with cumin and cinnamon, or a duck salad.
ABV = 13.0%.
Saint Etalon is made by Foncalieu, one of the most forward-looking, energetic and quality-focused cooperatives in France. Over 1,600 growers are members with over 7,500ha of vines spread right across the south of France.
Low temperature pre-fermentation takes place, which is then followed by a 3 week long alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures of 25-26°C. There is gentle extraction and pumping-over is also used. The wine is matured on its lees for another 3 weeks and completes its second fermentation in tanks.
This easy-drinking red wine has an elegant nose of ripe berry fruit. Well-balanced, round and smooth on the palate.
This wine is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The Paddock wines are named after the paddock fences which are a regular feature dotted across the rolling landscape of southern Australia. These classic Australian single varietals deliver easily accessible and fruity wines, popular with many Australian wine drinkers, as well as those further afield.
This easy-going Merlot has a deep red, ruby colour alongside a subtle violet bouquet with vanilla oak giving it complexity. The palate is rich, rounded and has firm tannins on the finish.
ABV = 14.0%.
Since its founding, Torreón de Paredes has based its agricultural practices on a deep respect for nature and the environment. Along with the natural characteristics that make Chile a “Viticulture Paradise”, the team at Torreón de Paredes has always paid close attention to maintaining vineyard practices that are considered by experts to be among the most ecologically sound on the planet. The winery’s constant goal is not only to produce excellent wines, but to also create ecological wines made with great respect for nature and the ecosystem.
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This wine is made using grapes grown in the vineyards of Puicheric, located 15 kms North East of Carcassone in the Languedoc region of Southern France.
Merlot makes a sublime, easily approachable wine to enjoy with friends. This is a well structured, fruit-driven, juicy medium red which is easy drinking with nice ripe soft fruit flavours.
Head Winemaker Felipe Tosso joined Vina Ventisquero in 2000. After seriously considering alternate careers as a tennis pro and classical guitarist, he elected to enter the wine business, describing it as “one of my big passions because it’s more than work – it’s a lifestyle”. Tosso’s winemaking travels have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, Argentina, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, back to Concha Y Toro in Chile and then finally to Vina Ventisquero.
This is a wine with a deep ruby red colour as well as having intense aromas of cherries and ripe plums. It has good body and is smooth on the palate making it an ideal accompaniement to pasta dishes, ripe cheese and red meat.
ABV = 12.5%.
The Wandering Bear Merlot is easy-going at a fabulous price. It offers a clean, bright, fruity wines that customers simply can’t get enough of!
This wine is rich and full, with aromas and flavours of plum, red cherry and vanilla. It's a gorgeous combination that entices you to have a second glass ...
ABV = 13.5%.