Posts Tagged ‘terroir’

Penetrating the impenetrable – the wine trade versus the consumer.

Posted on: November 21st, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

Reading an article in the trade Bible Harpers today about the introspection of the wine trade and its inability to talk to modern consumers in a language they understand got me thinking. (more…)

Two to Viu – Viu Manent Reserve from Colchagua

Posted on: October 23rd, 2013 by Andrew No Comments

I have posted about Chilean reserve wines before and our continual struggle to get anyone to trade up from Entry -Level from Chile. Chile in our view has become the go-to region for cheap drinkable house wine. The Chileans themselves have benn saying for some time that this significantly undervalues what they are about and I am inclined to agree up to a point.  For cracking wines at the sub £10 mark they are hard to beat unless you are looking for a point of difference. Despite the trade ballyhoo over newly discovered terroir-rich production areas, most chilean wines are rather samey But at least they are samey in a good way, drinkable and often more than that at very reasonable prices, especially away from the rock bottom stuff.


We are fans of this producer and their fine quality wines from the Colchagua valley. These are of Reserve level  and are both classic examples of the style and yet easy drinking and not too complicated. The Sauvignon has a more Loire like feel to it with crisp fresh acidity allied to classic gooseberry and grassy flavours, whilst the Merlot is rounded with the sort of ripe soft-skin fruit flavours we have become used to from Chile. Very easy to drink but with a depth that adds a serious note. Well worth a punt for some great value everyday drinking.

Viu Manent Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Colchagua Chile

Viu Manent  Merlot 2011 Colchagua Chile

Special Price  £7.98


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