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More than just powerful Cabernet Sauvignons or inky Carménères.
Chile remains the most underrated source of high quality Malbec (it’s the second largest producer of Malbec, after Argentina).
Today, quality Chilean Malbec is largely made in Colchagua Valley, one of the country’s most important regions where the alluvial soils make it highly suited to the grape’s precocious characteristics. The result is Malbec of the highest order: refined, structured and not overblown.
World Class Reds
Chilean producers are making wines based on grape variety, region or a specific vineyard. Combine these characteristics with smaller yields, and it’s apparent that these wines are for ageing; top-shelf reds, with prices to match their virtues.
Viu Manent Viu 1 is a tribute to the winery's founder and is made with the best grapes of Block 4 on the San Carlos vineyard near Cunaco in the Colchagua Valley.
Viu 1 1999 First Edition (RRP$150) is a product of the bone-dry ‘99 vintage, vineyard yields were exceptionally low and quality was high. Total production of Viu 1 was also low—just 750 cases were bottled in June 2001.
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Cool climate wines
We’ve established that good, appealing wine is made in the warmth of Chile’s Central Valley. But one of the country’s signature movements over the past two decades was to show the sort of diversity that’s possible to Chile: Creating fresh, varietally expressive wines, closer to the coast.
Casablanca Valley is one of the prime areas for cool climate grapes. The best wines are the whites, which have a lot of freshness and racy acidity. Higher up the valley, you’ll find plantings of Pinot Noir and Syrah.