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Equality is a new Fairtrade endorsed brand and the first to be created directly in response to the consistently growing demand for and popularity of Fairtrade products, particularly in the UK which has the largest Fairtrade consumer market.

This new range of wines is produced by Las Lomas at their co-operative winery in Cauquenes.The grapes are sourced from the co-operative’s 240 member growers, and produced in state-of-the art winery facilities at Cauquenes under the expertise of winemaker Felipe Zuniga and winemaking consultant, New Zealander Peter Mackey.

The first Equality range of wines to be launched consist of 2 white wines from the 2006 vintage: Chardonnay/Viognier (3% Viognier) and Sauvignon Blanc as well as a rosé produced from Cabernet Sauvignon. Two 2005 reds are available: a Cabernet Sauvignon and a Cabernet Sauvignon/Carignan/Carmenère blend. All the wines are bottled in screw caps.

Nicholas Ingham, head of the importers Grape-2-Wine stated “We have worked hard on developing a brand image and quality range of wines to suit customer expectations, and are passionately committed to supporting what they are also demanding – a fair trade product,” comments Nicholas Ingham.

The wines will sell at around £5.99-£6.99.

Wine Tasting Note: Equality Cabernet Sauvignon, 2005, Chile
Available from Threshers (from September) £6.99.
Lovely minty edge to the aroma - cherry (perhaps from the use of cherry wood staves imported from France). Lovely tight structure and a nuance of sweet, ripe fruit. Lovely. Alcohol 14%. A Gold Medal Winner at the 2006 International Wine Challenge.
Scribblings Rating - 94/100

Wine Tasting Note: Equality Cabernet/Carignan/Carmenère, 2005, Chile
A blend of 60% Cabernet and 20% each of Carmenère and Carignan. Creamy, big, rich and quite intense. Good length. I preferred this to the straight Cabernet.
Scribblings Rating - 96/100

Wine Tasting Note: Equality Rosé, 2006, Chile
Nice colour but little too the nose. An intense fruity finish, good length and a nice rounded, fresh palate marks this one out. Alcohol 13.5%.
Scribblings Rating - 90/100

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