Origin: Central Valley, Chile - Concha Y Toro
Taste guide: Medium bodied, plum, cherry and berry fruit flavours, partly oaked
75cl - 13.5% - screwcap
Concha Y Toro is one of the best of the Chilean volume wine producers, and one of the few that sources its wine totally from its own vineyards.
This wine, produced under Concha Y Toro's renowned "Cono Sur - Bicicleta" label, is actually 90% Merlot with 10% other varietals added. The parcels of fruit were separately vinified in Viña Concha's Chimbarongo winery and then blended. Most of this cuvée was aged in stainless steel with the remaider having a short preiod in oak barrels, then back blended prior to bottling.
The wine is bright ruby red in colour, with a violet shade. There is an appealing fruity bouquet of plum, red berries and cherries, with pepper and soft cacao notes. This leads to a fresh, soft and well balanced palate of red fruits, chocolate and mocha, with supple tannins and a long finish. The clear rounded fruity flavours are surprisingly serious and well balanced to create a wine that is very easy to enjoy.
A lovely quaffing wine, goes with most straightforward meat dishes whose character is not too robust, such as lamb, game and Italian cuisine. It goes well with soft cheeses and, forgetting the old adage white wine for white meat, is surprisingly good with pork too.
Is sold on other internet sites at up to £7.99 - Binendwines' price is just £6.25.