Ventisquero, Tara 1, Atacama, Chile 2013
Decanter average score: 18.5/20pts
Individual judges’ scores: Patricio Tapia 18.5 Dirceu Vianna Jr MW 18.5
When the winemaking team at Ventisquero (led by Felipe Tosso) decided to go to the Atacama Desert, it was to seek out a new terroir and create a new style of wine. The area they chose was Huasco, a region of white, chalky soils heavily influenced by the cool breezes of the Pacific Ocean. Made in small quantities (only 2,100 bottles of this vintage) and using minimal intervention, it has a cloudy appearance from being unfiltered, but the aromas burst forth with ripe, white fruits and intense minerality. The palate has an oily texture which envelops the mouth, along with refreshing, inviting spiky acidity.
Patricio Tapia Cloudy in appearance, but very precise in aromas and flavours. This is fruity, intense, vivid and unique.
Dirceu Vianna Jr MW A touch cloudy. The aromas are clean and bright with notes of baked apples, grapefruit and fresh pineapple. The palate is dry and rich with a creamy texture, lively acidity and a persistent finish. A great example of a wine made using a hands-off approach.
Price: £36.95 Handford, Hedonism, The Wine Treasury