Chile in the saddle

03 September, 2010

This year’s trade tasting will celebrate Chile’s bicentenary and the Wines of Chile generic body promises it will be its “biggest annual tasting ever”. There will be more than 80 individual wineries taking 90 tables, plus a group of wineries under the Movement of Independent Vintners umbrella.

The 2010 focus tastings will feature a line-up of Chile’s award-winning wines – including winners from the International Wine Challenge and the Annual Wines of Chile Awards – with each of Chile’s premium wine regions putting forward up to 10 wines that show true regional ­character. Visitors will also have an opportunity to taste curry with Carmenère.

Cono Sur will be highlighting its green credentials and helping to offset visitors’ carbon footprints by providing pedicab transport from Victoria station to the trade tasting. Book ahead by emailing conosur@phippspr.com or pick up the cycle rickshaw on the day at the junction of Victoria Street and Wilton Street. Cono Sur head winemaker and general manager Adolfo Hurtado will be coming to London.

The new packaging for Concha y Toro’s Trio and Terrunyo will be launched at the tasting in the hope of enhancing the wines’ visibility on shelf and “to reflect the quality of the wines”.

New range Gran Reserva Serie Riberas (the River Series), which comprises five different grape varieties, will be unveiled, tog­ether with a Merlot rosé from Los Robles, Chile’s first Fairtrade winery.

Concha y Toro’s consumer web­ site thefinewinecollection.com

which launched in June to showcase the group’s portfolio of fine wines, will also be on show. Palo Alto Reserva red will be joining the Sauvignon Blanc and the Shiraz rosé with its new screwcap closure.

Undurraga will feature new wines to its sparkling range: the Undurraga Blanc de Blancs NV and Undurraga Blanc de Noirs NV, made under the consultancy of former Moët & Chandon head winemaker Phillipe Coulon. Also on show will be wines from the Aliwen, Founder’s Collection and Altazor ranges. From Aliwen, Undurraga is introducing a Cabernet/Malbec blend as well as recent vintages of the Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and the rosé and Cabernet/Carmenère from this year’s vintage.

Bibendum will be focusing on regionality and premium Pinot Noir, showing wines from Valdivieso, Chilcas Estate and VC Family Estates. VC Family Estates will be pouring from brands including Gracia, Porta, Agustinos, Veranda, Rio Bio Bio and Gia Sur. Winemakers planning to attend include Brett Jackson of Valdivieso; Rodrigo Romero from Agustinos; Marcela Chandia from Gracia and Veranda and Rafael Tirado of Chilcas Estate.

A spokesman says: “The superb quality of Chilean Pinot Noir at all price points is demonstrated by no less than five Bibendum wines at the tasting: Valdivieso Pinot Noir 2009, Chilcas Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009, Agustinos Reserva Privada Pinot Noir 2010, Rio Bio Bio Pinot Noir 2009 and the Veranda Oda Pinot Noir 2009.

“The combination of new cool-climate regions, top winemaking talent and an ever-increasing understanding of which terroirs best suit the variety means Chilean Pinot Noir is increasingly a better – and better value – option than more established New World Pinot Noirs from New Zealand and the US.”??Viña Misiones de Rengo will be represented by chief winemaker Sebastián Ruiz. In January, Misiones de Rengo announced its UK partnership with Brand Phoenix and Ruiz will be presenting the new vintages and advances of the 2010 harvest, including its three ranges of wines – Varietal, Reserve and Cuvée.

Head Winemaker Felipe Tosso will unveil Viña Ventisquero’s new concept for its premium Grey portfolio (rrp £12.99). Yali Three Lagoons Carmenère 2008 (rrp £8.99) and Yali National Reserve Viognier 2010 (rrp £7.99) will also be available to taste. Also on show will be the new 2008 vintages of VV’s flagship Pangea and Vertice wines (rrp £19), alongside the premium Herú Pinot Noir (rrp £19.99). Chilano will have its new 2010 vintages of the Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot rosé (rrp £5.99) available.

Returning to the tasting after a few years’ absence, Casas del Bosque, from Casablanca Valley, will be showing its full export range on the Awin Barratt Siegel Wine Agencies table. Chief winemaker Grant Phelps will be showcasing his very first Casas del Bosque wines, the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc range. Other tasting highlights include the Reserva Carmenère 2009.

Berkmann Wine Cellars will be representing carbon neutral winery De Martino at the tasting. Its 347 Vineyards range will be on taste, together with limited production wines El León dry-farmed Carignan 2006 and Alto de Piedra Carmenère 2008.

Head winemaker at Tabalí Felipe Müller will be showing its exclusive line for Majestic, Maray by Tabalí, and new launches Tabalí Payen and Talinay by Tabalí, sourced entirely from grapes coming from the newly planted Fray Jorge vineyard in Limarí Valley. The line includes a Sauvignon Blanc, a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir.

Bottle Green will be launching Selección Especial – a new addition to the off-trade range Mancura, from Viña Morandé. Mancura Selección Especial Chardonnay and Carmenère will be unveiled at the tasting.

Viña Casablanca will unveil the new-look contemporary label for its Single Estate Nimbus range.

Ehrmanns will be revealing Mariposa – which means “butterfly” – a new range which is organic and Fairtrade. The range comprises a Sauvignon Blanc, a Carmenère and a Cabernet Sauvignon and will retail at around £6.99/£7.99.

Luis Felipe Edwards will show its Marea de Leyda single estate range – the first release of two cool-climate varietal wines which express the regional characteristics of Leyda Valley. Positioned at £11.99 and targeted at premium off-trade outlets, the two wines being launched are Marea de Leyda Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and Marea de Leyda Pinot Noir 2009.

Viña Errazuriz will be showing new speciality wines Aconcagua Costa Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2009, Single Vineyard Syrah 2007 and Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008. Winemaker Francisco Baettig will be available to provide information about the new Icon Winery, due to open in November.

Montes will showcase the new 2007 vintage of its Purple Angel, a blend of 92% Carmenère and 8% Petit Verdot, with 18 months in new French oak. Aimed at the independent sector, the wine retails at around £25.

?Two of Eduardo Chadwick’s family estates in the Aconcagua Valley – Viña Arboleda and Viña Seña – are to be distributed by New Generation Wines and their wines will debut at the tasting.

Viña Los Boldos will be giving a sneak preview of the new cuvée, Amalia 2008, ahead of its official launch in October. The wine is described as a —“gloriously dense, ripe, floral blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère, with decades of ageing potential ahead of it” by distributor Stevens Garnier.

VIA is to unveil new packaging for its premium Chilcas range, with a 15% lighter eco-bottle, along with two new wines – a Carmenère called Las Almas, and a País/Tempranillo blend. Rafael Tirado, head winemaker at the Maule winery, will be present at the tasting.

The Maule Valley’s Botalcura will be showcasing its range of premium wines, including the latest vintage of its Nebbiolo. This wine was modelled after the great Italian Barolo wines, but a splash of Carignan in the final blend “helps to define its new Chilean identity”, says the winery. Other wines to be?unveiled include Cayao 2006, a Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenère/Malbec/Syrah blend, El Delirio Reserva Syrah Malbec 2009 and the Corinto Sauvignon Blanc 2010.

Santa Helena will show two new ultra-premium ranges, Parras Viejas and Alta Helena, presented by chief winemaker and managing director Matías Rivera. Since his arrival at Santa Helena at the beginning of 2008, Rivera has been focusing on premium and top-end wines. He will be showing Santa Helena’s new vintages, including the 2010 vintage of the Selección del Directorio Sauvignon Blanc from coastal Colchagua.

Aida Toro will be attending the tasting from family winery Chocalan and will be showing the following wines: Sauvignon Blanc Selección, Syrah/Petit Verdot rosé Selección, Carmenère Selección, Merlot Selección, Carmenère Reserva, Cabernet Franc Reserva and the Syrah Reserva.

Viña Casa Silva will launch the second vintage of its Casa Silva ‘Cool Coast’ Sauvignon Blanc 2010. The wine is produced from vines planted fewer than 10 years ago in Paredones in the coastal hills of Colchagua Valley. The winery will also unveil new vintages of more than eight different varietal and blended Carmenère wines under the Casa Silva and Doña Dominga labels.

Viña San Esteban will be showing the new vintages of its In Situ wines and the In Situ Gran Reserva Carmenère will be in the Regional Chile Focus Tasting.




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