High­lights from the 2016 vin­tage

Decanter - - CHILE VINTAGES -

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%

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