Probably the most surprising wine was the 2013 Tara White (100% Chardonnay). This comes from a plot of vines in the Atacama Desert some 750 kilometres from the Ventisquero winery to where the grapes have to be transported. The vineyard is close to the Ocean, so is cool in the morning because of the coastal fog, which surprisingly makes this desert vineyard cooler than Casablanca.
Other wines (actually the majority) that stood out: the vibrant and delicate 2013 Grey Pinot Noir from Leyda, 2013 Grey GCM from Apalta – a blend of 50 Garnacha, 25 Carignan and 25% Mataro (Mourvèdre) as well as the promising 2014 GCM, and the star red – the powerful, richly textured, vibrant and characterful 2004 Grey Carmenère.
A beatific Charles Metcalfe amongst a forest of glasses
An urbane John Downes MW and a worried looking Steven Spurrier
Peter McCombie MW
Amy Wislocki – impressed by the 2004 Carmenère
John Downes MW – a career as a
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Tim Hall iPadding
... and tasting