Highlights from the 2016 vintage
Casa Silva, Lago Ranco Riesling, Austral 2016 93
£ 20 Jackson Nugent From one of Chile’s most southerly fine wine vineyards, this cultured, succulent Riesling stops you in your tracks. Vibrant and invigorating, with green apple and toasty aromatics leading into a dry, tense yet well rounded flavour profile. Very
exciting. Drink 2018-2025 Alc 11.5%
Volcanes de Chile, Tectonia Chardonnay, Malleco 2016 92 £ 12.99 Majestic
The best Malleco Chardonnays marry steely acidity with generous red apple fruit and a rounded, buttery character. You can feel the sun and the earth here; it’s revitalising, helped along by a touch of spice, making it ideal to go with a fish pie.
Drink 2018-2021 Alc 13%
Errazuriz, Las Pizarras Pinot Noir, Aconcagua Costa, Aconcagua 2016 98 £80 Atlas, BI, Corney & Barrow, Cru, Farr Vintners, Fine & Rare, Hedonism, IG Wines, Stone Vine & Sun
‘ I want something more than pure fruit – I want structure, grip and bones,’ says Errazuriz winemaker and technical director Francisco Baettig. This Aconcagua Pinot adds another dimension to Chilean wine: it’s piercing, tense, aromatic; exponential yet elegant. Glorious, in a word. Drink 2018-2032 Alc 13%
Lapostolle, Vigno, Empedrado, Maule 2016 94 £ 21.99 Berkmann, Lay &
Wheeler The arresting floral aromas hit you first – similar to the Lapostolle Collection Mourvèdre 2017, which is also beautiful. Then comes the insistent and sleek red fruit in a moreish, tense, appetising style. Long, fine, elegant; this is a triumph.
Drink 2018-2024 Alc 13.5%