17 Chilean wines to excite the palate

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Chile is no longer a backwater nation churning out cheap, dull wines. As Peter Richards MW uncovers a new breed of adventurous winemakers who are blazing a brave, exciting - and refreshing - trail that will make the rest of the world take note. See Peter's pick of the best 17 wines from 10 new-wave winemakers...
Chilean wines, Montescano Pinot Noir
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Montsecano, Pinot Noir, Casablanca 2011

Montsecano, Pinot Noir, Casablanca 2011
I’ve had some bottle variation with this 2011 vintage – perhaps to be expected with this kind of minimal-intervention wine – but at its best it is beautifully textured, with earthy, gamey hints and layers of wild berry fruit. Food friendly, vigorous and engaging. 17pts/20 (90/100pts)
Price £30–£36 Fields Morris & Verdin, Slurp
Drink 2013-2014
Alc 13%

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