Peter Richards MW
Richards is the Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Chair for Chile and has thus far authored three books including The Wines of Chile and his own Chile Wine Brief. Married to Susie Barrie MW, together they run a wine school and wine festival in Winchester.
My top three Morandé, Gran Reserva, Casablanca 2016
Ricardo Baettig has long made serious, cultured Sauvignon in the top echelons of Morandé’s range – styles that major on texture as much as aromatics. This is a great-value, elegantly oaked example. 94 Drink 2018-2020
Ventolera, Leyda 2016
While it seems as if the aromas have been slightly flattened by a touch of botrytis, this wine is all about the palate: intense, layered, balanced, packed with revitalising citrus freshness but also mineral weight. 94 Drink 2018-2020
Ventisquero, Grey, Atacama 2017
Chile’s arid north can make beautiful, poised Sauvignon in a more subdued, mineral style. A deft touch of oak lends smoky aromatics and mineral weight to a piercing citrus core. This pioneering Atacama venture keeps getting better. 92 Drink 2018-2020