Chile has established itself on the UK’s supermarket shelves as a destination for fruit-driven easy drinking and, in the main, well-made wines.
Chile’s Central Valley region in particular has built a reputation for producing ‘safe’ but mainly uninspiring wines, particularly merlot and cabernet sauvignon.
But dig a little deeper and there are some brilliant wines now appearing from ‘cooler’ climate regions such as Casablanca and Leyda.
Try Montes Limited Selection Pinot Noir 2009, Casablanca Valley (Majestic £9.99) with red fruits and a hint of smokiness, Great value and would go well with pan-fried tuna steak.
Montes Limited Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Leyda Valley
Really crisp palate and a mouth-watering finish.
Sainsbury’s and Majestic, from £8.99