Chile
Chile

Chile

Quality at an all-time high

Quality at an all-time high

2017 is an attractive warm vintage making lovely wine. Producers of cool-climate sauvignon blancs, chardonnays and pinots anticipated the warmth and picked early, producing very accomplished wines with attractive balance. The reds are full and generous.

Chile is a remarkable wine-producing country on a mission to score highly on any quality:price ratio. Since the 1990s it produced good cheap wines from flat and fertile vineyards in the Central Valley. Another phase began around 2005 when the advent of drip irrigation allowed previously unplantable vineyards to be cultivated. Before this, with flood irrigation, only vineyards with a 1–2% slope could be cultivated.

This has revolutionised quality as vines can now be grown on the less-fertile slopes with cooler expositions. Together with soil analysis before planting, excellent new plant material and higher planting density, this means that quality from these new vineyards is reaching an all-time high. The £7–15 per bottle range is where the excitement is now. Try wines from Concha y Toro, Maycas de Limarí, Tabalí, Matetic, Koyle, Undurraga, Gandolini and Neyen.

Toby Morrhall
2018

Toby Morrhall

Toby Morrhall
Buyer for Chile

2018



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