Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar Offer

Magazine article The Spectator

Spectator Mini-Bar Offer

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I love Stone, Vine & Sun of Winchester. They keep winning awards for best independent wine merchant; they have a knack for finding delicious wines at excellent prices from places you haven't heard about yet but very soon will. They've always been terrific on unknown France, but they've branched out into the New World, especially Chile and Argentina where, with the low US dollar, they managed to secure some gorgeous wines at great prices.

None are particularly cheap, but I'd hazard that if you bought these varietals from the classic areas of France you would pay twice as much for the same quality. South America makes much good, gluggable wine, but these are quite outstanding.

And Simon Taylor of Stone Vine has knocked 15 per cent off the list price of them all! Take the Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2006 (1) made by Eduardo Chadwick at the historic Errázuriz winery in the Casablanca Valley. They use only natural yeasts (hence the 'wild ferment', which sounds like the start of a Latin revolution) and the result is very agreeably oaky, with rich, multi-layered aromas, fruity and creamy at the same time.

A deeply satisfying wine. Reduced to £8.46.

The rest are reds. Tabalí was the first estate in the Limarí Valley to be planted, which means that they can draw, by Chilean standards, on quite old vines. …

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