I may be in a minority, but I reckon Chile’s whites are a bit more interesting than reds at the moment.
And Riesling, although it’s still quite rare here, could be particularly interesting.
Here’s a contrasting pair that I’ve recently tried, from rather different terroirs.
Gran Valle de Niebla Reserve Riesling 2011 Bio Bio, Chile
Made by Cono Sur, this is aromatic with fine citrussy notes, as well as floral, grapey and lychee characters. The palate is rich and balanced with a bit of sweetness and lovely rounded citrus fruit. Stylish, balanced and textured. 90/100 (£8.79 Laithwaites)
Viña Leyda Single Vineyard Neblina Riesling 2010 Leyda, Chile
Really precise and limey, this is a laser-sharp bone-dry Riesling with high acidity and lovely purity. Lots of citrussy fruit with nervous acidity and great purity. So focused and intense; needs food. 90/100 (£9,50 Oddbins)
I’ve also written a longer article about Riesling and its prospects of hitting the big time here.