Silver medal winner at Decanter World Wine Awards 2011. Classic Chilean Merlot at a great price.
As the Decanter judges put it "Young fruit with red fruit, smoky, chocolate and savoury notes. Simple but well made. Great value."
Luis Felipe Edwards
Drink now + 2 years
Colchagua Valley region of Chile
This is Cabernet country. Colchagua is the southern half of the larger Chilean region of Rapel Valley, with the northern half being Cachapoal.
This valley has enjoyed particular success in recent years, partly buoyed by the continual success of the grape Cabernet Sauvignon, planting of which in this valley outstrips that of any other by around 400% on the last count.
Having crafted some great wines on the back of this grape, as well as Merlot, Carmenere and Malbec, that Colchagua is really making a name for itself for quality red wines, perhaps all the more so because the vineyard planting has been extended from the base of the valley floor up to the sides of the valleys.
Widely planted all over the world this grape gives fruity, smooth versatile wines that are used to create a number of different styles. It is said to come from Bordeaux originally where it is traditionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. In this region it defines the style of the wines that come from the right-bank of the Gironde River where the variety makes up the largest component of the blend in St Emilion and Pomerol wines.
Its soft and easy style has adapted well to warmer climes in Australia, California, Chile, South Africa and New Zealand where it is often found on its own or in blends that mimic the classic Bordeaux mix. It has also produced some tremendous results in Northern Italy.
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Salads & Vegetables
This wine works well with chargrilled and roasted vegetables as well as smoked and cured meats and mushrooms.
Fish & Seafood
A good meaty fish is best served with this wine. A lightly grilled tuna steak or a nice piece of salmon will go down a treat.
Pasta & Other Sauces
This wine works well with tomato based sauces such as bolognese. It will also go with wild mushroom risotto and truffle based sauces.
Flavourful meats such as beef, pheasant and duck are perfectly paired to this wine or try it with a good sausage casserole and cured meats such as Parma ham.
Herbs & Spices
A broad range of herbs and spices such as mint, nutmeg, garlic and chives can be used to draw out the flavours of this wine.
Spanish and Italian dishes work well with this wine - think tuscan beans and arrabbiata.
Tastes delicious served with goat's cheese, cambozola, and mature Cheddar.