At last! I have found something high-end and exciting from Chile, after a string of near misses and disappointments.
It’s a new-ish boutique winery, Tunquen. You can find their website here. These wines had something different to most Chilean wines, and I really liked them. The winegrowers here are clearly aiming at elegance, avoiding over-extraction, and keeping the oak toned down. It works: it is just too easy to over-extract in Chile.
Tunquen Cabernet Franc 2011 Casablanca Valley, Chile
Wild yeast ferments, aged in older French oak. Fantastic perfume of cherries and sweet raspberry and strawberry fruit, with some green leafy notes. The palate is supple, ripe and smooth with some fine, spicy, tea-leaf characters. Quite mineral. Sweet but fine. 93/100
Tunquen Malbec 2011 Casablanca Valley, Chile
Wild yeasts, old oak. Lovely complex, aromatic nose of fresh cherry fruit with herbs and pepper spice. Supple palate has sappy green notes, black cherry, raspberries. Expressive and fine with complex peppery, spicy notes as well as supple fruit. 93/100
Tunquen Pinot Noir 2011 Casablanca Valley, Chile
Lovely aromatics of sweet cherries and plums with some liqueur-like richness. The palate is ripe and juicy with lovely fruity character and some sweetness of texture. Pure, supple and lively with real interest and some finesse. 92/100
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