For many, the New Year means a time for new experiences, new adventures, so why not new wines as well? Thanks to its unique geography, Chile is home to a wide array of terroirs, with each wine valley creating a different set of flavors and nodes. There is no shortage of innovative vineyards or delicious varieties here in Chile, and for wine lovers looking for something new, there are more than a few great options to start 2014 off right.
To help you get started This is Chile has found some of the latest offerings from Chile’s exciting new vineyards as well as some of the award-winning classics with a twist.
Aquitania- Sol de Sol Sauvignon Blanc 2013
The Sol de Sol label is best known for its fresh Chardonnay, but new in 2014 is this refreshing Sauvignon Blanc, described as citrusy, with fruit flavors dominated by pineapple and gooseberry. Made from grapes picked in Villa Alegre in Chile’s Maule Valley, the wine is aged in in new French oak barrels for 15 months creating a complex and invigorating white wine perfect for summer meals and seafood.
Bisquertt- Escaping, Kissing & Missing Rosé 2013
Coming from Chile’s lesser-known Itata Valley, this Rosé is pale pink with soft orange hues. The wine is accompanied by fresh, floral aromas, and has a delightfully silky, fresh and fruity flavor with hints of orange blossom and strawberry. Try this Rosé with appetizers and light meals.
Viña Carmen- Wave Series Pinot Noir 2013
Award winning Viña Carmen’s new brand Wave was launched just last September and is already offering some great choices for every wine lover. The Wave Pinot Noir is a great option, with the lightness that reflects its origins from the coasts of the Leyda Valley. Fruitiness unhindered by the typical wood flavors, this is a great wine for those looking for a refreshing red.
Casa Lapostolle – El Silo Collection Syrah 2011
Unlike many of Lapostolle’s top marked wines, this Syrah is made from grapes picked in the northern Elqui Valley. Grown in an area typically known for Pisco, not wine, the result is a Syrah that has a mix of ashy nodes and an exquisite acidity and body.
Mediterranean reds are poised to make their mark on 2014. This new unique wine from Chile’s Polkura winery, which specializes in delicious Syrahs, brings together the winemakers’ passions for flavor and innovation. The wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Monastrell and a few drops of Tempranillo. The final product is a wine that is both warm and refreshing, and always surprising.