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The second 'discovery' at the Explore Chile Tasting was the range of wines presented by Matetic Vineyards. It was the packaging that caught my eye; good shelf presence as they say.

The vineyards are planted in the San Antonio region. This has a cool climate being 18km from the Pacific. The estate has 60 hectares under vine, all of which were planted in 1999. The grapes are grown organically. There are two ranges the Corralillo and the EQ (equilibrio/equilibrium).

Notes taken at Explore Chile Trade Tasting September 2005.

Wine Tasting Note: Matetic EQ Sauvignon Blanc, 2005, San Antonio, Chile.
A big grassy introduction to the range. A delicious complexity involving sherbet, limes, barley and melon. Fresh, crisp, smooth and very drinkable. Alcohol 14.5%
Scribblings Rating - 92/100

Wine Tasting Note: Matetic EQ Chardonnay, 2004, San Antonio, Chile.
Barrel aging and fermentation on this Chardonnay. Rich and well structured, quite a bit of oak but revealing itself in a toasty edge rather than dominating the pear and quince flavours. Alcohol 14%.
Scribblings Rating - 88/100

Wine Tasting Note: Matetic EQ Pinot Noir, 2004, San Antonio, Chile.
Another Pinot for Chile to be proud of. Wonderful nose, rich, complex, forceful fruit. Stylish palate too with licorice and plums with a long finish. Alcohol 14.5%
Scribblings Rating - 90/100

Wine Tasting Note: Matetic Vineyards EQ Syrah, 2004, San Antonio, Chile.
Very deep and concentrated colour. Lovely complexity on the nose - fruits, earth and a lifting perfume add to the enjoyment. The palate is ripe and full with a similar complexity. Concentrated.
Scribblings Rating - 90/100

Wine Tasting Note: Matetic Vineyards Corralillo Chardonnay, 2003, San Antonio, Chile.
Peachy ripeness here with good long length and an excellent array of complex flavours. Oak influence is evident but this just adds to the apricot and peach flavours. Rounded, smooth and very drinkable. Alcohol 14.5%
Scribblings Rating - 92/100

Wine Tasting Note: Matetic Vineyards Corralillo Merlot/Malbec, 2003, San Antonio, Chile.
The next vintage is going to have a splash of Cabernet Franc added to the blend; as it stands this is formed of 80% Merlot and 20% Malbec. Jolly good it is to! Blackberries dominate the nose. Smooth and ripe on the palate then a huge burst of ripe blackberry envelope the senses before a big lick of tannin kicks in to keep all in check. Juicy.
Scribblings Rating - 92/100

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