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...
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Viña Leyda, Garuma Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio 2012

Viña Leyda, Garuma Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio 2012
The hot 2012 vintage wasn’t the best for whites, but this wine is a perennial over-achiever. Elegant notes of fennel, grapefruit and mineral hints define the nose; on the palate it has real presence and structure with layered citrus and herbal flavours. Delicious. 17.5pts/20 (91/100pts)
Price £8.50–£11.50 Aged in Oak, Great Western Wine, Invinity Wines, Noel Young, South American Wines Online, Slurp, Swig, The Wine Society
Drink 2013–2014
Alc 13.5%