Exceptional Wines from Chile

Super tasting of Wines from Chile at the Embassy of Chile in Dublin this week. 80 wines from 14 distributors in a gorgeous, bright and welcoming room.

 The wines were laid out by grape variety. Each had an indication of price, distributor and region of origin. (A=14.99+  B17.99+  C23.99+  D30+)

Quick Bites:

           Quality is high

           Commercial Styling is a bit too obvious in a lot of the big brand names

           A few of the wines on show are among the best wines on sale today

           Pinot Noir and Cinsault really do ‘catch the eye’.

The following wines are quite brilliant

     Interesting Sauvignon Blanc

Carmen Premier 1850 Fume Blanc 2015 : Rapel Valley – Sombre nose, tremendous palate depth    A

De Martino Legato 2015: Casablanca Valley – Top class, dry and crisp style, exquisite balance     A102061-2-png.jpg

Nimbus 2016: Casablanca Valley – Very individual style with a ton of deep seated asparagus and lychee notes. Love it.   A   

     A Lone Riesling

Cono Sur 2017 Quitralman Estate: Bio Bio – Fine development on nose leads to a fine off dry and well balanced palate. Lovely wine.   B

     A Lone Gewurztraminer

Miguel Torres 2015: Maule Valley – Very light rose water style but all accurate and well put together. excellent drying finish. Stunning salad wine.  A

Chardonnay – Believe me. These are worth exploring!

Chateau los Boldos 2017: Cachapoal – Crisp, tight, lean, excellent all round.   A    

Undurraga Terroir Hunter lo Abarco 2016: Maipo – The TH range is seldom linked to Chardonnay. It will be in the future! Excellent and superb example of a fine Burgundian style (with added ripeness!).   B

     Very good Cinsault

De Martino Gallardia 2017: Itata Valley – light purple, huge soft palate, inviting and exceptional. Truly excellent wine.  B

de Martino Gallardia Viejas Tinajas 2015: Itata Valley – My goodness, how good can this grape get! Rich, perfumed, nervous, soft, Top Class.  CImage result for de martino gallardia cinsault 2016     Pinot Noir

I’m a fan of good Pinot from Chile. Just as well. They seem to have more of it than anyone else in the world!! 

Cono Sur 20 Barrels 2015: Maule Valley – Ah, this is so good. Wonderful depth to the fruit with intense, ripe, red berry and superb length.   C

Koyle Costa 2015: Colchagua Valley – new to Ireland. Organic –  Check it out. Great depth. Tremendous example of top class organic Pinot. 


I am convinced there’s a market for good Merlot. Here’s ‘s a few ..

Chateau los Boldos 2015: Cachapoal – dark coloured, earthy, lots of lasting tannic structure.  B

de Martino Legato 2015: Maipo Valley – an AbFab wine where all the elements combine so well it staggers. High Recommendation   A        

Nimbus 2016: Casablanca – rich pour, soft, intense, generous.   A

Terra Mater Magna Limited Reserve: Maipo Valley – perfumed, tight, rich, chocolate.  A


Baron Philippe de Rothschild Mas Andes: Maipo Valley – Good Value wine drinking very well.   A

Cono Sur Single Vineyard 2016: Maule Valley – Top class. very Well Made. All Good.   B

Koyle Royal 2015: Colchagua and Bularco – Malbec and Petit Verdot help to flesh this out really well and gives it a fantastic spice and fruit finish.   B


Terra Mater Vineyard Reserve 2017: Maipo -This is 50 % Zinfandel! and it shows brilliantly. Exciting wine – fresh bramble fruit meets light smoky bacon. Excellent.   A

     Malbec    Is Chile the true home of South American Malbec?

De Martino Las Cruces 2014: Cachapoal – a blend with 25% Carmenére. Pity about the price tag because this is exceptional. Rich, soft, well balanced, long and memorable.

     Cabernet Sauvignon

I continue to believe that most of the very best Cabernet Sauvignon fruit is grown in Chile.

De Martino La Cancha 2015: Maipo Valley – a privilege to taste such an incredible wine! This is a BB – Beautifully Balanced. Strong, rich, brooding, immense, rewarding.    D

Santa Rita Medalla Real 2015: Maipo – Big style with great deal of mint and red currants combine effortlessly with a fabulous structure. Fine Wine.   B


Koyle Gran Reserva 2015: Colchagua – Brilliant bright style where the fruit jumps out a grabs you! It is blend with some Tempranillo, Malbec and Petit Verdot – Now there’s a quality trio…

Excellent tasting.