Chile's Annual Toronto Tasting and Special Presentation.


Environment protection has now become an important factor in wine production.

Several wineries all over the world have started to look into

the possibilities to grow grapes, harvest, and vinify with as little environmental footprint as possible.

This year, approximately ten Chilean winemakers and sales managers made a presentation to the media with regard to their Sustainability Code that aims to reduce water-, pesticide, fungicide use in vineyards, increase the use of

by products i.e grape skins, pips, stalks, air quality around the winery, and protection of the ecosystem.

So far, 20 wineries that adopted the Sustainability Code and more will be joining in the near future.

Several vented adhering to the Code were also presented and most possessed good to very good flavour, balance and depth.

Chile, a long narrow country on the pacific Ocean has presently 14 appellations and produces fine red and white varietal wines that many connoisseurs consider to be the best in South America.

Chilean red wines in general taste better than whites, but there are a few wineries that produce very fine chardonnays.

Chilean wine country is a mosaic of flavours and styles are as varied as the geography, the climate and the people themselves.

Building on the success of the big four varietals, over a decade ago, Chile engaged in a diversified enterprise including hill side plantings, drip irrigation, vineyards closer to the ocean or higher in the Andes, and further south in the Araucania with a cooler climate.

Now you can taste pinot noir, petit verdot, viognier, syrah, gewurztraminer, riesling wines in addition to cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, carmenere.

Many winemakers are also blending several varieties very successfully.

This year more than 150 wineries were represented.

The following wines stood out:

Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay, 2011, Cousino-Macul
Golden in colour, aromas of pears/apples dominate.
Full-bodied, smooth, seamless with an excellent finish.

Cuvee Alexander Chardonnay, 2009, Casa Lapostolle
An outstanding, refined and elegant chardonnay from one of the best wineries in Chile, owned and operated by the owners of Marnier-Lapostolle family of France.

Finis Terrae White, 2010, Cousino-Macul
A blend of chardonnay and viognier, this fruity wine would please sophisticated wine connoisseurs and beginners.

Don Max, 2008, Errazuriz
Dark red, brimming with ripe berry aromas. Deeply flavoured with a lot of extract. Long finish. Excellent value.

Protegido Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Maipo
Brilliant crimson colour. Fruity, full-bodied, layered with a range of chocolate, smoke, pencil shavings, and coffee flavours.

Grial Carmenere, 2008, Apaltagua
Superbly structured, deeply flavoured, smooth cabernet sauvignon that would complement medium rare grilled steaks, rare roast beef, game stews.

Sena, 2008, E. Chadwick
Reputed for its full-bodied, powerful red wines, this winery has been making and marketing this superior brand for over a decade.
This vintage is no exception, with aromas of ripe berries, irresistible flavours, balance, and power. It finishes with a lingering aftertaste.

Other recommended red wines

Signature cabernet Sauvignon, 2010, Apaltagua 92/100
Intigra, 2009, Montgras 92/100
Espiritude, 2008, Neyen 92/100
Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009, Santa Rita 92/100
Sideral (Cabernet sauvingon, carmenere, syrah, cabernet franc) 93/100

Almaviva, 2008, Rothschild
From a French managed winery, this is a very refined and elegant red Bordeaux-style wine

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  1. A great article, I agree that Chilean wine has a wonderful variety in taste. The reds are indeed better than whites. Here is a top 10 of some of the best: