Not just for value, but for quality at every price point. Sure, you can splash out in Chile and drop $50 or more (way, way more) if you want — and you’d be well rewarded. But there’s more to Chile than value … this is a region steeped in winemaking history, known especially for embracing emigrating French winemakers in the mid-1800s who brought their knowledge and traditions and kick-started Chile’s modern trajectory.
Today, winemaking in Chile still relies on the grapes of Bordeaux for its core expressions: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec for the reds and Sauvignon Blanc, predominantly, for the whites — with the addition of deftly made Pinot Noir, Carmenere and Chardonnay, among other grapes. The country’s vast territory encompasses vineyard land conducive to all of these varieties, with the north-south range providing plenty of microclimate variability. As well, the coastal (seaside) exposures and the elevation variations delivered by the Andes mountain range mean this country is well equipped for the curve balls that Mother Nature may unleash. Chile is also at the forefront globally in terms of organic and sustainable viticulture and winemaking practices. The upside for wine lovers? It’s all upside. The wines are spectacular.
For sipping or food pairing alike, Chile’s wines cover the bases. The wines are generally ready to enjoy on release, offering peak freshness and vitality, whether white or red. From robust fare (meats, stews, sauces) to fresh and light (seafood, ceviche, tapas) these wines offer not just a complement — they will demand attention and contemplation. Good wines, these. Do not hesitate.
LCBO wines stores across Ontario are promoting these 9 Chilean wines.
A full-bodied Cab from the Maipo Valley, a winegrowing region recognized for excellence. Generous berry and earthy/herb aromas lead to ripe dark fruit flavours and a hint of cedar. Supple, with fine tannins.
Hand-harvested grapes come from a single heritage vineyard in the Leyda Valley. Balanced, supple and generous with cherry, red berries and a hint of sweet spice. Finessed and polished.
A blend of Syrah and Carmenere, predominantly, with up to seven other varieties, all organic. The vitality in this wine is apparent, with forthright fruit well balanced by notes of cassis, chocolate, fresh herbs and dark spice.
A perennial favourite, from a pioneering winemaker focused on sustainability. This wine is rich, beautifully balanced, and elegant. It’s full, with generous plum, dark fruit and refined leather and tobacco notes. Complex, long finish.
The grapes are hand picked and the wine is fermented cool, leading to maximum precision, freshness and elegance. Pretty citrus, herb and tree fruit, with a nice mineral seam.
A pure Cabernet, with precise blackberry, plum, and cassis up front and pretty sweet spice and dried herbs overlaid. Structured, with fine ripe tannins.
Concentrated fruit is delivered via a firm structure, yielding layered blackberry and cherry fruit with subtle cedar and pepper spices. Robust. Pair with meaty dishes and mature cheeses.