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Casa Lapostolle Canto De Apalta 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - Complex aromas of dark fruits and minerals with hints of mint follow through to a full body with round and chewy tannins and a fresh...
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Casa Lapostolle Merlot Cuvee Alexandre 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - Complex aromas of violet, light chocolate, black olive and walnut. Full-bodied, yet balanced and refined. Long finish. Certified...
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Eq Syrah 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - More and more they see barrels as porous containers rather than source of aromas for the wines, and the 2012 Syrah EQ does not show any...
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Koyle Cabernet Sauvignon Royale 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - Bright purple. Powerful, spice-accented aromas of cherry compote, blackberry, licorice and cracked pepper. Fleshy and seamless on the...
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Koyle Carmenere Reserva 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - Fresh red fruits, berries, dried chalk and meat. Well-balanced with gentle tannins and elegant complexity. Drink or hold. - James Suckling.
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Koyle Carmenere Royale 2012 750ml

Rated 91 - Beautiful aromas of flowers and dark berries plus dark chocolate. Full body, round and polished tannins and a savory, fruity finish. A...
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Los Vascos Carmenere Grande Reserve 2012 750ml

Rated 90 - I like the tangy fruit in this with blueberries, blackberry character and hints of shaved chocolate plus sage and paprika. Medium body,...
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Los Vascos Grande Reserve 2012 750ml

Rated 90-91 - This is a juicy and dense wine yet it remains agile and pretty with chocolate, berry and spice character. Hints of mint too....

2012 Chile Valle Central

Chile has a long and rich wine history which dates back to the Spanish conquistadors of the 16th century, who were the first to discover that the wonderful climate and fertile soils of this South American country were ideal for vine cultivation. It has only been in the past forty or fifty years, however, that Chile as a modern wine producing nation has really had an impact on the rest of the world. Generally relatively cheap in price,Whilst being widely regarded as definitively 'New World' as a wine producing country, Chile has actually been cultivating grapevines for wine production for over five hundred years. The Iberian conquistadors first introduced vines to Chile with which to make sacramental wines, and although these were considerably different in everything from flavor, aroma and character to the wines we associate with Chile today, the country has a long and interesting heritage when it comes to this drink. Chilean wine production as we know it first arose in the country in the mid to late 19th century, when wealthy landowners and industrialists first began planting vineyards as a way of adopting some European class and style. They quickly discovered that the hot climate, sloping mountainsides and oceanic winds provided a perfect terroir for quality wines, and many of these original estates remain today in all their grandeur and beauty, still producing the wines which made the country famous.

Chile is a fascinating country when it comes to wines and viticulture, and by far the most internationally renowned wine region in the country is the Valle Central. This expansive valley is located close to the Chilean capital of Santiago, and stretches between the Maipo Valley and Maule Valley, a long, winding fault through the mountainous regions of the country which is now almost completely covered by vineyards producing wines of exquisite character. The region itself may well be associated with the 'New World' of wines, but in actual fact, vineyards have been cultivated around the Maipo valley since the 16th century, when settlers from Europe brought vines across the ocean with which to make sacramental wines. A wide range of grape varietals thrive in the hot climate of Valle Central, from the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines the country is most famous for, to Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Carmenere.