In focus: Chile trends

17th October, 2018 by Lauren Eads


Evolution is also taking place in wine styles. Having spent years relegated to the back end of producers’ portfolios, made as an afterthought rather than a wine in its own right, winemakers are now taking rosé seriously, with Provence-style examples at the centre of an emerging flush of new releases. This year, Chilean wine giant Concha y Toro launched two pale pinks; its revamped Casillero del Diablo Rose, now made with Cinsault sourced from Itata in southern Chile, instead of Shiraz; and a more premium expression under its Marques de Casa Concha label, also made with Cinsault, with technical director Marcelo Papa confirming that the group now has a “serious programme for rosé” in place.

“For many years rosé wasn’t in fashion, and today the Provence trend is in style,” says Papa, who began sourcing Cinsault from Itata in 2014. “We saw that it worked well for rosé, so every year we buy it,” he says. “We have an amazing source of 60-year-old bush vines. The vineyard is close to the ocean, it’s very sunny and we see a lot of influence from the riverbed soils. It’s easy to make a good rosé….

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