Wine of the Week – 2 Chilean gems display the country’s diversity

The diversity of Chile, with numerous “micro-climates” across the nearly 2,000 from north to south is incredible, a fact seen clearly in its designation of 14 new winemaking valleys.
This week we look at two wines from Chile – Viña Mayu’s 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve from grapes grown in limestone soil, producing an intensely flavorful result. The wine is refreshing,dry and aromatic with notes of citrus, gooseberry and apple, and won a 2013 Gold Decanter World Wine Award. It’s grown in the Elqi Valley, where very dry, desert climate combines with amazing luminosity and large temperature variation between day and night. Go to http://www.mayu.cl.
From Chile’s Maipo Valley, the oldest wine producing region in Chile, comes Antiyal’s Kuyen 2010 Valle de Maipo. Made by small farms using sustainable practices, the winemakers blend 57% Syrah with 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Carmenere (the country’s signature grape) and 2% Petite Verdot. The end result offers intense aromas of tropical fruits (mango, pomegranate), plum and mulberry. Balance, acidity and fine tannins complete the mix with hints of chocolate at the finish. Visit http://www.antiyal.com/‎

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