Category Archives: CHILE

Hoops

Our final visit and the last wine to complete our list of 80 Wines was a particular delight.

We met Guy Hooper on our travels in Chile and we were enthralled by his story of a homemade winery in the Maipo Valley. Guy makes just one or two barrels of wine each year from the vines he planted outside his front door. His family helps him and he has a harvesting festival at his house when it comes time to pick. The blend of his wine he says is down to the birds and what they don’t eat from his twenty or so small rows of vines. Each bottle is hand numbered and Guy keeps a book so he has a record of who the wine was given to or drank with. He often asks his visitors if they have a special number

The favourite wine here was the 2016 Hoops which was still fermenting in Guy’s garage winery. Guy punched through the cling film wrapper on his plastic fermenting box and syphoned off a little of the yet to be released (yet to be fermented) wine for us to try. All we can say is 2016 will be a good year and yes it will be highly limited of course. We hope Guy will keep the number 80 from the 2016 vintage for us when it is bottled as that will be a pretty special ending to the project and a cool bottle to have at the film premiere.


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Casa Marin

We also had a scout around the San Antonio Valley and dropped in on the Casa Marin winery in the town of Lo Abarco.

The wine from this tasting we added to the 80 wines favourite list was the Casa Marin Sauvignon Blanc 2014.


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Polkura

Next was a visit to Polkura Wines which is located on the western side of the Colchagua Valley.

It was a cooler and wet day in the region and it was welcome to do an interview and a wine tasting with Sven Bruchfeld in his hillside cabin which was nice and toasty due to a wood burning stove working hard like we were.

The Polkura name comes from the hill where they have planted the vineyard and means  ‘yellow stone’ in the ancient Mapuche language. There is a large amount of yellow granite in the soils.  They only make 6,000 cases of wine at the moment which is very small on the Chilean scale of production and Polkura is part of the Movement of Independent Vintners MOVI in Chile. Polkura make 8 wines at present with 6 of them being Syrah based. Sven’s passion for Syrah is clear and he says: “Syrah adapts to so  many different soils that makes it a really fascinating variety to work with.”

Our favourite wine here was the Polkura Secano Dry Farmed 2013 which is 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache. It shows a lovely fruity second layer and well balanced minerality.

 


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Montes

Next on the list for a visit was Montes Wines in Apalta in the Colchagua Valley. It is an impressive modern winery and despite being a bigger producer there definitely seemed a dedication to excellence. Even the cellar room plays music to the ageing vino downstairs.

Our favourite wine here was the Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2006.


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Concha Y Toro

Some tricky traffic in Santiago made it a bit of a mission to get to the next winery which was Concha Y Toro in Santiago.

Our favourite wine here was the Concha Y Toro Terrunyo Carmenere 2013.


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De Martino

We braved the Santiago traffic to visit one of the wineries with a super long history in Chile. De Martino in the Maipo Valley has the family generation story dating back to 1934 when the family moved from Italy. We really enjoyed the wine tasting with Sebastian De Martino and then held an interview in the library amongst the aging bottles of vino.

Sebastian was a great host and is clearly passionate about the family business which he is a big part of and also the challenge of making ever greater wine despite the odd challenge such as an earthquake.

The favourite wine for our list on this session was the Vigno Old Vines 2013.


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Koyle

It was time to check out another valley in Chile so we headed south of Santiago to the Colchagua Valley to visit Vina Koyle in Los Lingues. We spent some time with Cristobal Undurraga and he did an interview in the barrel room telling us about the history and philosophy of Koyle.

We did a tasting and our favourite wine was the Cabernet Sauvignon Royale.


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Indomita

We joined a tour of the Indomita winery in the Casablanca Valley on a day off from filming. As you drive through the Casablanca Valley you kind of get drawn in by Indomita due to its fantastic position on the west side of the CH 68 road between Santiago and Valparaiso.

Our favourite wine here was the Duette Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2013.


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Emiliana

We did another Casablanca Valley tasting at the organic winery called Emiliana. There was some great picnic space here and really nice interior with a shop and a bar where you can taste.

The favourite wine we added to the list here was the Emiliana Signos de Origen 2013


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Bodegas RE

We had received a recommendation from a local winemaker to try the wines at Bodegas RE. We had liked other places from tips like this so we made an effort to check it out.

Our favourite wine here was the Chardonnoir 2013.

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