Inspiring Andes peeks

16 May, 2008

Carmenère, canned wine and cuenca dancing are just some of the delights on offer from Chile's winemakers this year.

Caliterra managing director Andreas Barros will be joining the Hatch Mansfield team to show new wines and packaging for the entire range. New arrivals include a Shiraz for the entry-level wines (£6.49), Caliterra Tribute Pinot Noir (£9.99) and a range of limited edition wines called Caliterra Tributo Edicion Limitada. It debuts with a Carmenère/Malbec and a Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon/Viognier, both 2006 and priced £12.99. A new

wine with the appropriate name Cenit (meaning summit), a blend of Cabernet, Malbec and Petit Verdot, completes the line-up.

Sister brand Errazuriz will be alongside, and there's a lot of excitement surrounding its Kai Carmenère (£24.99), which appears for the first time from

the 2005 vintage and reflects

the new heights being reached with Chile's signature grape. Stand 60

José Manuel Ortega of O Fournier (Chile, Argentina and Spain) will be presenting the company's new wines from the Maule Valley at Seckford Agencies' stand. They include Centauri Sauvignon Blanc, Urban Cabernet Sauvignon and Urban Blend (Merlot, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon). Seckford will also be showing wines from Viña Falernia, which is located in the most northern region of Chile - the Elqui Valley. Cooler climate wines from Viña Leyda in the coastal San Antonio region will be alongside - look out for the new Riesling and Sauvignon Gris offerings as well as Pinot Noir.

Stand I19

Codorníu teamed up with the Claro Group (Santa Rita, Carmen, Terra Andina and Argentina's Doña Paula) last year. Export director Salvador Domenech and UK-based commercial director ­Richard Leaver will be present to discuss plans for the four wineries in the UK.

New developments include the entry-level Heroes range and the premium Cellar Selection case for Santa Rita,

the entry-level Tolten and Winemaker's Reserve Syrah for Carmen and a

"dynamic" rebranding for Terra Andina. Stand T60.

Elkan, said to be Chile's first wine in a can, is making its debut in three variants - Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon rosé. Elkan is presented in an eye-catching 37.5cl aluminium can, which offers the benefit of being 100% recyclable. It is expected to retail for £2.49 per can and will be ­marketed as the ideal wine for picnics, outdoor entertaining and sporting events.

The wines have been sourced from the Central Valley and blended by winemaker Carolina Vasquez. Elkan is working in partnership with Copestick Murray Wine Solutions

for its UK distribution.

Stand Q34

Viña La Rosa will be showing new vintages under screwcap from its Cornellana range as well as wines from the La Palma range. Winemaker José Ignacio Cancino will be available to discuss the wines. Stand S30

The new Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2006 will be one of the highlights for the Montes winery, led by winemaker Aurelio Montes. Other favourites from the range include Montes Folly Syrah and Purple Angel Carmenère, and the 2005 vintage of both will be on show.

Montes is also launching the Montes Music

& Wine Experience, which has been developed in association with Scotland's Heriot-Watt University School of Life Sciences. As a result of the project, key Montes wines including Alpha Chardonnay, Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot have been scientifically matched to selected musical pieces. Visit stand S30 to find out more.

Guy Anderson has teamed up with Mauro Oliver, a member of the family that owns Viña Falernia in the northerly region Elqui Valley, to produce a range of wines called Mayu.

The wines are made by Falernia's winemaker, Giorgio Flessati, and include a Sauvignon Blanc, Pedro Jimenez, Syrah, Carmenère/Syrah red and rosé and the higher-quality level Carmenère and Syrah Reserva wines.

Stand C12

PLB will

show the Chileno range from its joint venture with Viña Ventisquero. The 2007 vintage rosé has an abv of 12%, down from 13% in previous vintages. This has been achieved chiefly through adapting vineyard practices, and the intention is to offer a rosé that meets consumer requirements for a lighter, fruitier style .

Ventisquero winemaker Felipe Tosso will be turning the spotlight on the Apalta Valley area of Colchagua, where the company has 65ha of highly prized vineyards. Tosso will lead a tasting of Vertice, its top wine, which is made in collaboration with Australian winemaker John Duval. The 2005 and 2006 vintages will be tasted along with barrel samples of the Carmenère and Syrah wines that form the 2007 blend. Tosso will lead a daily seminar on stand F60. Contact Emma Wellings at emma@ew-pr.co.uk or 020 8994 8591.

Concha y Toro head winemaker Marcelo Papa is particularly upbeat about premium red wines from the 2007 vintage, thanks largely to the long ripening season. He'll be showing the red Casillero del Diablo wines as well as more recent portfolio additions that have seen Chile's largest producer venture north: Maycas del Limarí Reserva and Reserva Especial, including Chardonnay and Syrah wines, are both produced at Concha y Toro's new winery in the Limarí Valley. Papa will pull the cork on the first sparkling wine for Casillero, a 100% Chardonnay also sourced from the Limarí and set to retail at £9.99.

Other recent developments for Casillero include a "microsite" designed especially for the UK, which can be discovered at chileanlegend.com. Its launch coincided with the first phase of the brand's latest consumer campaign, which takes in cinema and print media and was rolled out this spring. Nationwide sampling activity will follow over the summer. Stand T50

Cono Sur is using the show as a launch pad for new labels for its entire range. The brand is keen to champion the environment in every aspect of its wine production, and all of the Cono Sur and Isla Negra wines now carry carbon neutral logos.

Winemaker and general manager Adolfo Hurtado will be present and will show a new sparkling wine made from grapes from the southern Bío Bío Valley. It is a blend of predominantly Chardonnay with small amounts of Pinot Noir and Riesling, and

will retail at £9.99. Samples of the 2007 reds and the 2008 whites will also be available to taste. Stand T50

Brand Phoenix will show new Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot rosé and Merlot wines from Viña Porta as well as the latest vintages of the producer's Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet/Carmenère wines. Stand E50

De Bortoli, the new distributor for the Maipo Valley's Viña Undurraga, will be showing both new labels and blends from the producer as well as the Brut Royal sparkling wine. Stand E20

D&D Wines International and Luis Felipe Edwards Jnr are showing the new Seleccion de Familia wines from the Colchagua winery. They include a Cabernet, Carmenère, Merlot, Shiraz, Chardonnay and (Leyda) Sauvignon Blanc (rrp £7.99) and feature label designs by Stranger & Stranger. Stand L10

Anakena winemaker Gonzalo Perez will be joining the team of Stratford's Wine Agencies to present his innovative range of wines. Highlights include Ona Pinot Noir 2007 and Single Vineyard Viognier. Ona Pinot Noir contains small amounts of Merlot, Viognier and Syrah and is one of several unusual blends from this producer. Stand F22

Torres Chile is targeting independents with two organic wines: Tormenta Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon. There is also a new Malbec for the Santa Digna range, and Cordillera white has been given a label makeover. Look for the Fells stand E70.

Percy Fox will be showing the Antares range of varietal wines. Two Chilean wines - a Sauvignon Blanc and a Cabernet - will also be available to taste as part of the Blossom Hill range. Stand D62

Myliko will be showing wines from Chilean partner Santa Alicia. Stand D10

The latest vintages of Viña Cantaluna's Menguante, Cataluna and top-end reserva wines will be on show, ­including

new Sauvignon Blanc wines for the core ranges. Stand 40, 14

Discovery Wines will be showing the new Vistamar Gran Reserva Cabernet/Syrah 2005 (rrp £9.99). Stand H16

Looking for partners: Portal del Alto, Geo Wines and Viñedos Butrino are seeking UK agents and can be found on the Wines of Chile pavilion on stand S40. Viña SAC and Viña Apaltagua have a similar mission and will be located on stand S50.

Taste wines from Brazil with Anthony Rose

Wines from Brazil's Andreia Gentilini Milan and Anthony Rose will host a tutored seminar on each day of the

show. Andreia will give an overview of winemaking in the country and key regions, while Anthony will lead a tasting of wines from the different regions. They will include: Serra Gaucha, responsible for nearly 90% of the country's production; Campanha & Serra do Sudeste, the country's newest winemaking area; São Joaquim & Vale Rio Piexe

and the São Francisco Valley - the biggest tropical vineyard, where growers typically harvest twice a year.

Brazil produces red and white wines from well-known international varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay - as well as

other grapes such as Ancellota, Touriga Nacional, Malvasia Bianca and

Prosecco.

Wines of Brazil was established in 2002 and has 31 members. For further details contact: emma@ew-pr.co.uk, 020 8994 8591. Wines from Brazil will be located at stand T62.

Pinot Noir maestros

Winemakers Adolfo Hurtado and Gonzalo Perez will present their views on how Pinot Noir is developing in Chile for a masterclass on Wednesday May 21. They will present three Pinot Noirs from their respective ranges - Cono Sur and Anakena - and discuss newer, cooler areas such as the Casablanca, Leyda and Bío Bío valleys. The venue is the LIWF Masterclass Theatre at the east end of the hall.

There will be demonstrations of Chilean cuenca dancing and empanadas to enjoy each day at the Wines of Chile pavilion, where the team will be pleased to meet visitors. The latest information charting Chile's progress will be available, and the 2008 map detailing Chile's vineyard areas and wineries will be hot off the press.

Micro terroir study

Casa Silva will be showing a new Carmenère/Syrah rosé (with 5% Sauvignon Gris) from the 2007 vintage and the award-winning Carmenère Microterroir de Los Lingues. Managing director Pablo Silva will be on hand to discuss the latest findings of Casa Silva's "micro terroir" study, which covers various grape varieties including Carmenère. It is expected to benefit the whole Chilean wine industry.

Also on show: the latest vintages of top wines from the Quinta Generacion range - the 2005 red Carmenère/Cabernet/Shiraz/Petit Verdot and the 2006 white Viognier/Chardonnay and Sauvignon Gris. Stand S40,13




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