Wines of the Beautiful South returned to Kensington Olympia for its second year with a new set-up and an increase in attendance.
Chile’s Pinot Noirs are rapidly improving in quality, helped by ageing vines, cool-climate coastal locations, and a couple of Burgundian winemakers.
It might not be as sensationalist as the launch of a new product, but there’s an important stylistic shift occurring among an increasing number of Chile’s reds.
While Chile is best known for its Bordeaux blends, it’s Mediterranean grapes that are becoming an increasing focus for the country’s winemakers.
An unirrigated future may not be complete hell, discovers Chilean winemaker, Aurelio Montes.
As part of a move to more southerly wine regions, particularly Itata, Chile is starting to create varietal and blended products using the País grape.
The International Wine & Spirit Competition has revealed its medal winners from South Africa and South America to tie in with the Beautiful South tasting in London.
Chile is developing more upmarket styles of Sauvignon Blanc, often using barrel fermentation, to distance itself from Marlborough’s herbaceous take on the grape.
Anita Jackson has been appointed UK Director of Wines of Chile, the promotional body which represents 90 Chilean wineries in the UK.
Although Malbec is closely linked to Argentina, the grape is taking on increasing importance in Chile as producers isolate old vine material for top end wines.
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