• Experimentation in Chile

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    When thinking about wines made from wild vines, amphora experimentalists and almost ‘natural’ fermentations, Anthony Tindal isn’t immediately seen as the flag waving follower of these more radical styles. Yet, new to our list are a number of small production parcels of wine from the outreaches of Chile, made by adventurous, educated winemakers looking to inject a bit of life into the Chilean wine trade and show the world that, while house wines remain the mainstay of Chilean production on export markets; there are many more strings to their bow. We had a selection of these wines open to taste at

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  • Anthony flies to South America just in time for the harvest.

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    It’s the time of year when we are travelling the globe sourcing wines, catching up with our winemaking friends around the world and learning about the latest vintages as we go. Anthony left the cool Irish Winter and headed over to Chile and Argentina for a couple of weeks this month. His reams of tasting notes and thoughts have been slightly lost in translation, so we’re picking the best bits and filtering them into this blog… a whistlestop tour of his trip. First up it was Argentina. Landing in Mendoza Anthony brought with him the worst rains the capital had

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  • Pinot Noir & Terroir with Larry ‘McPinot’. Which Pinot Noir would you prefer?

    A short insight into our recent tasting and seminar on Pinot Noir and the effects of terroir. Which is your favourite region to grow Pinot Noir?

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  • Emiliana receive the recognition they deserve.

    Emiliana named “Green Company of the Year” by Drinks Business.

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  • Coyam receives 90 points from Wine Spectator

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    Coyam receives more accolades. Delicious stuff!! Perfect for these cooler evenings.

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  • Eco Balance Viognier 2010

    Eco Balance wines: Organic, environmentally friendly and helping sustain businesses in Chile.

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  • Casa Marin in the Press

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    For those of us who’d like to be transported into a luscious saliva induced state of Rieslingness you can buy it now just click on the bottle.  

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  • Gê, Emiliana’s Icon Biodynamic wine in Wine Enthusiast’s top 100 in World.

    Chile’s most important organic and biodynamic winery’s icon hasled it to become the only national representative on the prestigiousand influential US magazine’s annual list. To Celebrate you can find Gê on our site for the amazing price of €35.00 for 2 weeks only.  

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  • World Trip Chile Wines Tasted 2010

    Wines tasted: Emiliana Wines All 09s: WINE SCORE /20 REGION LIST PRICE Sauvignon blanc 16/20 Bio-bio valley Sauvignon blanc Reserva 17 Casablanca valley Chardonnay 15 Valle central Chardonnay Reserva 17 Casablanca Valley Cab Sav/Merlot Rose 17 Valle central Pinot Noir Reserva 17.5 Casablanca Valley Pinot Noir Reserva Especial 18 Casablanca Valley Merlot 16 Rapel Valley Syrah 17 Rapel Valley Carmanere 16.5 Colchagua Carmanere Reserva 15 Colchagua Cabernet Sauvignon 16.5 Rapel Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 17 Maipo valley Viognier 17.5 Casablanca Valley  

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  • Anthony’s World Trip Chile Part 1

    22.02.10 Anthony (referred to as AT from here on in) flew into Santiago where he was picked up by Cristian Rodriguez from Emiliana and whisked off to the vineyards at Casablanca which have just been given full bio dynamic status. A bit about Emiliana: www.emiliana.cl Rafael and José Guilisasti were visionaries in the late 1990s when they saw that the market was beginning to change and that consumers worldwide were becoming more aware of the products they were consuming, not only for health reasons, but also with respect to their social and environmental impacts. They therefore asked winemaking consultant Alvaro

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  • Anthony’s World Trip 2010 The Intro.

    The purpose of this trip is to get to know our existing suppliers in their own surrounds,to meet new ones,to learn more about the wines of the world and their cultivation and vinification,and importantly,the farming methods used, (this trip is timed at the best time,Harvest). I also plan to oversee the blending of more Puna Snipe in Chile,the possibility of launching our own blended brands in both East and West Australia,and meeting some of the worlds most innovative winemakers and producers there,and finally overseeing the new Swallows Tale blends and Reservas in South Africa,and probably improving the wines and adding

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  • World Trip 2010 – Chile Part 2

    23.02.10 Up early and off to the Los Robles vineyards in the Colchagua Valley.These vineyards are both biodynamic and organic. They have their own farm animals for manure and have replanted the surroundings with myriads of native wild flowers. Chickens and bees share the surroundings picking and pollinating as they go. Emiliana use nine biodynamic preparations to attract cosmic forces and animal energy. These are: Horn Manure Silica or quartz Yarrow blossoms (Achillea millefolium) Chammomile blossoms (Chamomilla recutita) Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) Oak bark (Quercus pedunculata) Dandelion flowers (Taraxacum officinate) Valerian flowers (Valeriana officinate) Horsetail plant (Equisetum officinate) The medicinal herbs help

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