Santa Rita Maipo
Long-established, traditional old Chilean winery which had a wake-up call in the late 1990s and is beginning to produce an increasingly fine range of midmarket and premium wines. The 120 range offers some reasonable straightforward easy drinking; the reds are a better bet generally than the whites. Reserva whites are sound but no more; the reds again are better as is the case with the Medalla Real wines. Chardonnay, though, is well crafted in a tropical, toasty style. Both the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Reservas display attractive, moderately concentrated, dark, spicy fruit. The wines that really stand out are the red Triple C, the Pethuén Carmenère and Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon. Triple C is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère. Casa Real Cabernet is quite traditional in style with well-judged oak, both concentrated and reasonably refined. Australian winemaking guru Brian Croser has provided guidance here. (DM)
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