Chile turns up the heat

14 May, 2010

Andrés Gillmore, Anakena’s new export manager and Constanza Pérez, international PR manager, are joining the Stratford’s Wine Agencies team to offer an extensive range of wines “from individual terroirs at competitive price points”. Highlights include latest releases of the Indo range and the Single Vineyard series, including a Viognier, a Camenère and a late-harvest Muscat/Viognier. Stand N22??Viña Errázuriz is unveiling the first Chardonnay release from its vineyards in the Aconcagua Costa region – Aconcagua Costa Chardonnay 2009. It will be accompanied by three other new wines from the Aconcagua Valley: Single Vineyard Syrah, Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Max Reserva Carmenère, all vintage 2007s on Hatch Mansfield’s stand P35??Undurraga’s winemaker Rafael Urrejola and national sales director Cristián Isbej will present the TH (Terroir Hunter) range. Recent additions include TH Cabernet from Maipo, sourced from a vineyard located at 700 metres, and TH Carignan from two vineyards in the Cauquenes area of the Maule Valley. Undurraga has also tweaked its Aliwen entry-point wines. Aliwen Rosé 2009 from Colchagua comes with a slimmed-down 12.5% abv and its sibling Sauvignon Blanc 2009 now contains fruit from Undurraga’s new vineyard in the San Antonio region. Stand N33??VC Family Estates produces wines in a wide range of regions including more marginal regions, such as Aconcagua and Bío-Bío, where it is pioneering work with Pinot Noir. Stand L30??Marcelo Papa, head winemaker for Casillero del Diablo, has been busy fine- tuning fruit sources for a number of key wines over the past two vintages. Check out the Chardonnay, now sourced from Casablanca; the new Pinot Grigio from northern Limarí, and the Shiraz Rosé from Concha y Toro’s “best sites for Shiraz” in the Rapel Valley. Papa will also show the latest releases of the Maycas de Limarí wines, including the top end Quebrada Seca Chardonnay (rrp £20). Other top drops from Concha y Toro’s portfolio, such as Almaviva, Ocio, Don Melchor and Gran Devoción Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah 2007, will be available in its fine wine room located within the stand. Meanwhile, Cono Sur’s head winemaker Adolfo Hurtado aims to raise the premium bar higher for the variety. He’ll be present with the new 20 Barrels Limited Edition Syrah 2008 from Limarí. Stand O50??Highlights from François Lurton’s Hacienda Araucano winery include Alka Carmenère and Humo Blanco wines – a Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc from his estate at Lolol. Vertical tastings of Gran Araucano Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon produced since the winery’s first vintage in 1996, will also be offered. Stand S11??Mariana Merlin, sales manager for Bodegas O Fournier, will show the latest vintages from the group’s operation in Chile, including Centauri Red blend 2008, winner of the Best Red Blend Trophy in the seventh annual Wines of Chile Awards. Mariana is based in Chile and will be able to discuss the implications of the recent earthquake. Stand G3??Off-Piste Wines is rolling out two new Fairtrade wines – a Cabernet/Carmenère and Syrah/Carignan, from Mosaïque Wines and made by Pilar Valverde. Alongside will be the wines of Viña Santa Helena, including the latest vintage of its award-winning Pinot Noir with winemaker Matías Rivera. Stand O60??Discovery Wines is offering a selection of new wines made by winemaker Irene Paiva. Try Vistamar Brisa Carmenère 2009 (rrp £4.99), Sepia Reserve Pinot Noir 2008 from Casablanca (rrp £7.99) and the “exceptional” Vistamar Late Harvest Moscatel 2009 from Limarí (rrp £5.99). Stand F16??Viña Santa Alicia will show its top red blends from the Maipo Valley – Millantu and Anke – as well as its entire range of entry-level, reserva and gran reserva wines. Winemaker Eduardo Gajardo and European sales manager Cristobal Socias will be present with the Myliko Wines team. Stand L10??Bottle Green will represent Viñedos Errázuriz Ovalle and Viña Morandé. The Leeds-based importer and EOV Winery have developed a new range, Punto de Vista which features three price

evels and a label design inspired by the breathtaking scenery of Colchagua Valley where the winery is located.

Morandé’s Mancura range, launched in 2009, targets the off-trade, and will also be available to taste. Stand L70?Come and meet Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle to learn about a raft of changes at Casa Lapostolle winery (Rapel Valley and Apalta).

Two Carmenère wines make their debut – Casa Carmenère and Cuvée Alexandre Carmenère, both 2008, and fresh label designs have been introduced across all wines. Stand P55/P65/P77??Viña Ventisquero’s wine­maker Alejandro Galaz and consultant winemaker John Duval will show the latest vintages of the Grey range including single block Merlot 2007, Herú Pinot Noir and top wines Vertice and Pangea.

Environmentally friendly Yali wines are also being shown. Stand N60

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