Chile has the whole world of wine…—

My birthday is on Wednesday, Chile’s Independence Day. We’ve a great deal in common, notably an endless thirst for new wine styles.

Chile’s climates range from northern deserts to southern glaciers, the western Pacific coast up to the eastern Andes. This delivers a world of wine in one country, all unified by fruity purity. For whites, Sauvignon Blanc has piercing pluck, Viognier shows peachy finesse while Carmenere has become the flagship spicy red. But I reckon Cabernets and Syrahs are showing promise, alongside pockets of Pinot. Widely available big brands are reliable, as well as plenty of boutique talent. I’ll be pouring a range of them on September 24 at London’s Truman Brewery – see lovewinelovechile.co.uk. Or pick from my selection above, and raise a glass on the 18th. Cheers!

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

RED HOT CHILI PEPPER: Extra Special Chilean Syrah (14%) £6.50 AsdaBlack grape meets black olive, spliced by spice.

VOODOO CHILE: M&S Tierra Y Hombre Pinot Noir 2018 (13.5%) £7. Sleek summery fruit, light with lovely intensity.

SWEET CHILE O’ MINE: Cono Sur Viognier 2018 (13.5%) £7.50 Morrisons. Peachy with plenty of fruit, this is mellow magic.

CHILE SAUCE: Finest Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (12%) £9 Tesco. A Granny Smith’s apple swinging from a disco ball!

WINE OF THE WEEK

Taste the Difference Maipo Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 (14%)£9 Sainsbury’s. Rich plush red with perfect ripeness, simply sumptuous.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 15th September 2019

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