Wine of the Month
Our Wine Expert Kevin O’Callaghan shares his salute to specially sourced wines
The wines of Chile are captivating and as a country Chile has a hugely diverse, yet undiscovered, array of wines which can match those of the greatest wine producing regions yet, in my opinion, with greater value for money. The countries long landscape is fascinating with many contributing factors. From the Pacific Ocean to the west across to the immense Andes mountains of the east with the northern desert regions flowing right through to southern point so close to the Antarctic, all contribute to an amazing array of topography aiding in the brilliant wines of Chile.
This Month I am celebrating the work undertaken by the Aresti Estate, a family run winery from Chile. We are working directly with the Aresti family for nearly 10 years and over the last 3 years in particular there has been huge amount of work undertaken to further fine tune their quality to deliver a range of wine to suit every one. In doing so Aresti have re-launch their wines with gorgeous new labels in celebration of this.
Aresti Estate selection is one of the finest ranges of wine on Irish selves today. Delivering brilliantly made wines which show the value of not just Chile but the value in shopping from Estate made wines. All the wines deliver on expectations with the lush, citrus, mouth-watering Sauvignon Blanc, a particular star, and the very well made Merlot which for me is always a surprise through quality to value delivered verses other brands; being a clear stand out.
But I want to focus on their new range called Trisquel, an ancient symbol to the three main forces of the universe: earth, water and fire. It also represents the three generations of the Aresti family and their dedicated passion for wine – a fitting symbol for a family run winery. What hits me is if there is this much focus on the naming of the wine, then you can just imagine the focus on the wine itself. Here I focus on just two.
Aresti Trisquel Assemblage
(44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Syrah, 14% Petit Verdot)
This wine shows the art of blending 3 grapes which most people frown upon, tut tut! When the truth is the greatest wines of Bordeaux having being doing this for centuries knowing that the art of producing the best wines is the sum of its parts. Much like a chief preparing a dish; balance is everything. Through blending the different varietals Aresti were able to deliver all the complimentary characteristics to achieve a mature and concentrated wine of solid character. On the nose, it is complex showing fruity notes of plums and blackberries that join those of vanilla and coffee obtained from the oak barrel ageing. The deep dark fruits of the Cabernet are wrapped up in the spicy jamminess of the Syrah all lifted with the structure of the Petit Verdot, simply excellent. This wine delivers good structure with a gorgeous soft texture, a great match with Lamb or Roast meat dishes and hard cheese.
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Aresti Trisquel Leyda
100% Sauvignon Blanc
From the superb region of Leyda; located on the coast line of Chile taking full advantage of the cooler climate influenced of the Pacific comes a wine of rich character and incredible purity of fruit. On the nose the wine just bursts with concentrated fruit of green apple and goose berries all expectedly evident, but you also get further depth of lychee and even a fresh asparagus concentration. The palate is just stunning and I mean stunning, the fruit burst on the palate delivers all of what the nose promises with more weight felt in the mouth, which is welcomed, and a crisp finish which lingers wonderfully for the longest time. This is a glass of wine that will have you pondering and revisiting with anticipation on every sip. Best as an aperitif or matched with sea food and soft cheese.
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