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Aquitania Reserva Carmenere Chile 2015

Carmenere is one of Chile’s adopted varieties.  Carmanere presents as a softer version of cabernet sauvignon, lacking its tannic structure and complexity.  This wine is fairly simple in expression.  Herbal, soft tannins and sweet fruited, it provides uncritical but pleasant drinking.  Rating: Acceptable.  Abv: not recorded. Price: $20s.Continue readingAquitania Reserva Carmenere Chile 2015

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Millaman Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Chile 2015

The Valle de Leyda is located near the Pacific Ocean and 95 kilometres west of Santiago in Chile. Purchased because I taste very few Chilean pinot noirs and MW studies resolutely demand otherwise, this unfortunately proved a rather average wine. In the glass, there are aromas of tomato bush, stems and strawberry jam. The palate…Continue readingMillaman Estate Reserve Pinot Noir Chile 2015

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A couple of Chileans; Luis Felipe Edwards Rosé 2016 and Viña Maipo Vitral Reserva Carmenere 2015

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…Continue readingA couple of Chileans; Luis Felipe Edwards Rosé 2016 and Viña Maipo Vitral Reserva Carmenere 2015

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Los Vascos Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This is the second more recent vintage of a Los Vascos that has been disappointing.  I have some of this producer’s earlier wines in my cellar such was my faith at the time.  The 2013 has diffuse and spiky aromatics that are simple in expression.  The palate is medium bodied and improves with air.  A…Continue readingLos Vascos Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Some South Americans – Clos de los Siete 2011, Valle Las Acequias Mendoza 2010, Los Vascos Grand Reserve 2011 and Norton Privada Mendoza 2011

Here is a roundup of a few South American wines tasted abroad.  These wines continue to impress.  Most are available in Australia, with the honourable exception of the first one.  Naturally, of course, that is the wine that I would most wish to buy. Clos de los Siete Mendoza 2011, ArgentinaThis is another good release…Continue readingSome South Americans – Clos de los Siete 2011, Valle Las Acequias Mendoza 2010, Los Vascos Grand Reserve 2011 and Norton Privada Mendoza 2011

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Vistamar Brisa Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Everyone’s making sauvignon blanc these days.  From Chile’s Central Valley, this budget priced sauvignon blanc resembles neither an offering from New Zealand nor France.  Sui generis perhaps.  It presents strangely enough almost like an off dry riesling.  Its aromatics remind of lemon and lime, with lifted floral notes.  The palate tastes off dry and has…Continue readingVistamar Brisa Sauvignon Blanc 2012