Dis­cover the de­lights emerg­ing from ‘devil’s cel­lar’

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE TASTE -

REG­U­LAR vis­i­tors to Dan Mur­phy’s would have no­ticed in the in­ter­na­tional aisles well-priced Chilean wines un­der the Casillero del Di­ablo la­bel. Like me, you may have picked up a bot­tle or two to try. Some sound ad­vice about value for money from a Dan Mur­phy fine wine man­ager lured me to put a few un­der my arm one day and it is some­thing I now reg­u­larly do. The name Casillero del Di­ablo trans­lates to ‘the devil’s cel­lar’ and its his­tory dates back more than a cen­tury. Its ori­gins stem from Con­cha Y Toro wine­maker Don Mel­chor and his novel at­tempt to dis­cour­age lo­cal vil­lagers from raid­ing his wine stocks by telling them he had a devil in his cel­lar. Folk­lore has now pro­duced a com­plete range for the win­ery un­der the name Casillero del Di­ablo. The lat­est re­leases main­tain the win­ery’s value-for-money mantra with the six new wines all priced at $13.99. The lat­est to hit the shelves are a 2014 sau­vi­gnon blanc, 2012 carmenere, 2016 mer­lot, 2015 caber­net sau­vi­gnon, 2013 pinot noir and a 2015 shi­raz. The carmenere is a va­ri­ety that many Aussie drinkers may have lit­tle knowl­edge about. It was first in­tro­duced to Chile from Europe in the 1800s and was com­monly be­lieved to be a mer­lot. The lat­est 2012 re­lease is a smooth and del­i­cate wine best de­scribed as a ro­bust pinot noir style. All new re­leases are easy drink­ing styles ideal to be plucked from the drink any­time wine rack. For more de­tails, visit www.casillerodel­dia­blo.com/en

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