I see only a light offering of Chilean wine in Australia. Neither a benchmark (think France, Italy, Germany) nor different enough from local offerings to carve out a niche perhaps. Chilean Carmenere I think however can present a delicious, very well priced BBQ wine, and lacks the sharp edges and clunky acid that can be found in some Australian reds under $20. Here are two Chilean wines recently tasted.
Luis Felipe Edwards Rosé 2016This rosé is made from cabernet sauvignon and merlot grown in Chile’s Central Valley. Salmon in colour, it has a simple aroma that reminds of rose water. The palate is medium bodied and the alcohol a little separate. Pleasant enough. (Alc: 13%, Region: Central Valley, Chile, Rating: Acceptable, Drink: now, Price: <$20, Tasted: September, 2017)
Viña Maipo Vitral Reserva Carmenere 2015This is an enjoyable Carmenere from Viña Maipo. The grapes are grown in the Rapel Valley, 150km or so south of Santiago. It has slightly rustic aromas of leather, tobacco and game. The palate is balanced, more refined in impression and enjoyable. (Abv: 13.5%, Region: Rapel Valley, Chile, Rating: Good, Drink: now to 2020, Price: about $20, Tasted: September, 2017)