Peter Richards MW

Decanter - - PANEL TASTING -

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

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