What We’re Drinking: Simon & Cono Sur Single Block Visión Riesling 2009





I hate car sickness. I don't mean actually 'throwing up', although I do hate that to, but that horrible feeling of nausea and disorientation that used to accompany any attempt to map read my way out of a major European city (I really do love satnavs). Luckily I have now learnt that as long as I eat lots beforehand it doesn't affect me too much. As a child though, without that journey saving tit-bit of knowledge, car journeys would be a real drag. What always used to be the final straw was the slow permeation of the petrol fumes into the car as we sat in another anonymous petrol station on the route du soleil to family fun, sun and arguments.

How strange it is now that I actively seek out this previously unpleasant smell in a good wine. Good Riesling wine to be precise. In fact it isn't just petrol but the whole range of petroleum products that can develop in an aged Riesling, from heavy diesel to almost floral parrafin. It is always amazing to me how some things seemingly so removed from each other can have such similar flavours and aromas. It is this beautiful combination of citrus fruit and parrafin that blew me away when I tasted this wine at The Cadogan Hotel, and why I subsequently chose it for my wine of the week. The wine in question was the Cono Sur Single Block Visión Riesling 2009 from the Bio-Bio Valley in Chile.

Riesling was once really only the domain of Germany and its fellow North Eastern European counterparts. Like most high quality grape varieties Riesling has spread to the four corners of the globe but the relatively cool climates, like those found in Germany, is still where it flourishes. The high altitude of the Adelaide Hills and Clare Valley for example or the almost European climate of New Zealand, and now the most southern, and therefore coolest, wine growing region in Chile the Bio Bio Valley.

Away from the searing heat of northern Chile, Cono Sur have produced a dry, light and crisp but still fruit driven Riesling. The first thing you experience is steely sharpness of fresh limes and lemons before the paraffin notes I talked of earlier start to make their presence known. You can't quite fuel your car with it but if you want a real experience buy a case and try them over the next couple of years. I think there's some real old school four star leaded petrol to come from these stunners. 
 
To see what the other members of CellarVie Wines chose for the ‘What we’re drinking’ section and why, click on the links below.
 
Jon - Château Les Justices 2005 
Charlotte - Rare Vineyards, Cinsault Rosé, 2011 
Christopher - Château Piochet 2009, Bordeaux Rouge 
Ben - Schubert Sauvignon Blanc 2009 
Sophie - Besserat de Bellefon Blanc de Blanc  
Ben - Hendricks Gin  
Simon - Finca Constancia 'Parcela 23' 
Jon - Sancerre Rosé 2010, Le Rabault 
Eliott - Rare Vineyards Carignan Vieilles Vignes  
Christopher - Chateau de Rully 1er Cru, Clos la Bressande 2007  
Sophie - Gewürztraminer Alsace 2009, Martin Zahn  
Charlotte - Kleine Zalze Bush Vines Chenin Blanc  
Ben - Flagstone Longitude 
Simon - Rare Vineyards Marsanne-Viognier 
Eliott - Veramonte Pinot Noir 
Jon - ‘Piluna’ Primitivo 
Sophie - Bourgogne Blanc 'Clos de Loyse' 2009 
Eliott - Touraine Sauvignon Domaine Trotignon  
Charlotte - 1847 Oloroso Dulce Sherry 
Simon - Errázuriz Single Vineyard Carmenère 2009 
Jon - Chardonnay Grand Cru 2008, Tenuta Rapitalà 
Christopher - Brookfield Reserve Chardonnay-Viognier 2009
 
Why not let us know what you are drinking by posting your comments in the section below or post photos of you enjoying a nice glass of wine on our Facebook page... 
  

Written by: Simon Robins

Simon Robins is somewhat of a wine expert, not just in the liquid, but planning and analysis, logistics and operations management - having spent eight years working for the UK's largest wine mail order company. 

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