Santa Ana Homage Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
Bodegas Santa Ana was founded in 1891 by Don Luis Tirasso, who was a pioneer in the viticulture development in Argentina. For over a century, Santa Ana winery has harmonized tradition and technology, which has resulted in Santa Ana wines being recognized for its quality at National and International levels.
Innovation is the key to Bodegas Santa Ana's success and their devotion to continually improving the quality of their wines.
This is classic cabernet territory here but in a focused and mid-weight style - think a combo between Margaret river and Yarra Valley. Black-currant and cocoa dusting on the nose with a touch of beautifully directed oak that just peaks in at the right time. Medium bodied all the way with perfectly sweet fruit buttressed by fine tannins and is finely poised. Spot on and so easy to enjoy.2020Cabernet SauvignonChile$16.00 As low as $14.40
Vina Ventisquero Pinot Noir 2019Vina Ventisquera, established in 1998, are now a large consolidated company making a swathe of wines off prime Chilean vineyards. While the operation is a bit of a behemoth, their focus on quality and access to excellent source material means they can output some really fantastic wine and extremely affordable prices.
The pinot opens up to an attractively fresh overlay of dried herbs and bright red berries with fine perfume. It takes a bit of swirling to open up but once it does it looks really pretty with nicely poised red fruits that run a sleek line down the middle of the wine. There is a nice focus and energy to the wines and does a great job. If you can decant this you will be rewarded handsomely with a perfect Autumn red. PWS
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Bouchon Pais Viejo 2019Bouchon Family Wines began in the late 19th century when young viticulturist Emile Bouchon left Bordeaux, France for Chile. Today, Julio Bouchon and his children carry on their 4th generation family winemaking tradition in the Maule Valley. With their in-depth soil research alongside terroir-specialist Pedro Parra, Bouchon is preserving the historic character of the Maule Valley with distinctive, terroir-driven wines.
The vines for the Viejo bottling are planted on very old soil of granitic, sandy loam formed by Chile’s coastal mountains. This striking landscape plays a huge role int the wines development and for those who have never tried the wines they are akin to a mix between pinot noir, mencia and cinsault. Naturally-vinified using century-old winemaking techniques, including the use of the zaranda (a structure made of sticks to destem the grape clusters). Hand harvested and fermented with native yeasts in concrete tanks to preserve the wine’s authentic expression of terroir.
The hundred year-old vines show with earthy red fruits like strawberry and bright cherry flecks. It's light and lithe on its feet but never feels thin. Vibrant and sunny in style with no winemaking artifcat or trickery, just pure and simply delicious.2019RedChile$27.00 As low as $24.30
Pedro Parra y Familia Vinista Pais 2018After years of consulting to some iconic names around the world, Comando G (Gredos), Jean-Marc Roulot (Meursault), Liger Belair (Vosne-Romanee) to name a few Pedro Parra has established his own project at home in Chile, Pedro Parra y Familia Wines.
Pedro has a master’s degree in precision agriculture and earned a Ph.D. for his work with terroir from the Paris Center of Agriculture.
His wines seek to express terroir through wines that have tension and vibrancy underpinning a a beautiful sense of clarity and fruit. Being the conduit between the wilder ‘natural’ projects with Chile’s more brawny modern commercial style wine.
This is his first release of Pais which was one of Chile's first and most immportant grape varieties. Pais fell out of favour during the modernistaion of the Chilean wine industry and has only recently found a resurgence amonst the new generation, low intervention wine labels. Young makers, reviving old vines. PWS2018RedChile$44.00 As low as $39.60