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Watch Patrick Schmitt MW taste £100 Chilean wine from Vik

Patrick Schmitt MW gives his verdict on the wines of Vik – a remarkable newcomer to Chile’s fine wine scene founded by Norwegian entrepreneur Alexander Vik.

Having spent many years assessing the great Cabernet Sauvignons of the Maipo valley – the likes of Almaviva, Don Melchor, Casa Real and Vinedo Chadwick – last year I got to know the top red wine blends of the Cachapoal valley, and I was impressed.

Where their Maipo equivalents have masses of intense blackcurrant flavours and firm tannins, the ones from Cachapoal have more red berry aromatics, and softer tannins on the finish.

But that’s a general conclusion from the region. So, in the video below I look at three wines from the Vik vineyards, which are based in Cachapoal, but within a specific and distinctive area called Millahue – meaning ‘place of gold’.

Chosen by Vik for its potential to make reds to rival the finest in the world, these are serious drops – and the top one, costing £100, is priced on a par with great Cabernets from Bordeaux, Tuscany or California.

Watch the video below for my thoughts on the range, and a brief history of the Vik winery in Cachapoal.

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