As we get to midsummer we’re sadly still not yet quite out of lockdown, with both events and travel limited. So a jaunt to the winelands of Chile and Argentina will have to be vicarious for now, helped along by the winemakers there, through their increasingly interesting and exciting wines.
Both countries are considerable producers of wine: each produced more than a billion litres, or about 1.4 billion bottles last year. Argentina produces a little more than Chile, but Chile exports much more at somewhere around double Argentina’s volume.
Chile also wins easily in the value league table, and it’s here that it gets interesting. Both countries, while continuing to produce and export a lot of low value bulk wine, are getting much better, and better known, for distinctive and exciting higher value offerings.
We’ve tried to showcase some of these this month. In our discounted mixed case we have
Pandolfi Price Larkün Chardonnay, 2018, Itata, Chile - an excellent Chablis alternative at a fraction of the price
A sparkling rosé:
Miguel Torres Santa Digna Estelado Rosé, NV, Maule, Chile - a unique Pais grape sparkler, delicious frothy fun
And four reds:
La Causa del Itata Gran Reserva, Pais, 20