Week 7/8 wine tasting: Chile & Argentina

 

Chile has near perfect growing conditions

North – Desert (hot but kills bugs)

East – Andes (irrigation)

South – Cape (cool breeze)

West – Pacific Ocean (cool)

Perfect for growing Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

The first Sauvignon Blanc we tried was Montes Classic, from the Casablanca Valley 2014. It was refreshing, easy to drink and a snip at £8.95

The next was a Syrah from Tabali Vetas Blanca’s Limari which was rich and dark. It was incredibly fruity and perfect for the cold winters.  Delicious/

The cabernet sauvignon – Domaines Baron de Rothschild ‘Los Vascos’ 2016 was less favourable for me.  It was too earthy and full of tannins (like licking a peach skin). Not for me!

Argentina

Climate is more varied and weather is hot with low rainfall. Great for Malbec and Torrontes grape.

But increasing plantations of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Tempranillo, which are often good quality and inexpensive.

The Argentinian reds was more hit and miss. We tried a Malbec from Mendoza 2016 which was leathery and earthy on the nose but surprisingly floral on the palate. A nice surprise and only £9.95

The Malbec Vinalba – Tiuriga national Reserva was a miss for me. Light and acidic it needed food to be enjoyed properly. The quality was there it just needed to be aged a little more and to be enjoyed with a light meaty meal.

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