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95pt Aresti Family Collection Red Blend 2012 - Platinum Award Decanter!

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Awarded Platinum at the Decanter World Wine Awards for 'Best Chilean Red Blend' and a Gold at the International Wine Challenge in 2017, this Chilean red is a bit of a star!

Critics praised its ‘elegance and firm, delicious fruit’, ‘sleek’ quality and ‘great intensity and concentration’.

Today we are offering you the chance to try the judges' top pick for just £18.10, which is an 21% discount on the UK RRP.

The Family Collection is the star in the portfolio of Aresti Wines, one of Chile's most successful and well-regarded wineries. The wine takes its inspiration from Bordeaux and, like many of the wines of that region, is a blend of five different varieties.

The wine isn’t the shy and retiring type but is full-bodied and rich. It wears its oak aging elegantly and the fruit is ripe, generous and very nicely balanced.

Wonderfully easy to drink right now, it will age and improve for at least the next five years.

About the wine

Definitely not a shrinking violet! This is a powerful, fleshy wine with a remarkable structure and complexity. An intense ruby red color in the glass and blackcurrant, plum, coffee and spice notes on the nose. The palate is full-bodied with beautifully ripe fruit and spice combining with soft, ripe tannins and a bright acidity to balance the wine perfectly on the long finish. Delicious to drink now, it could definitely age and improve over the next five years.

The Family Collection is a Bordeaux-style blend of five varieties from 60 year old vines. Each variety is aged in oak barrels separately for one year before being blended. Afterwards the final wine is aged for further six months in oak.

Winemaker: Jon Usabiaga
Appellation: Curico Valley

- 95pts, Platinum Award Decanter World Wine Awards
- 92pts, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 90pts, James Suckling
- Gold Medal, International Wine Challenge 2017
- 4.1/5 Stars, Vivino Rating

Grapes: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 12% Syrah, 10% Petit Syrah, 8% Petit Verdot
Vineyard: Various across the Curico Valley
Cooperage: 18 months in oak. Each variety aged in oak separately for one year and then for a further 6 months after blending.
ABV: 14.5%

About the winery

In 1951, Vicente Aresti Astica bought the Bellavista Estate in the Curicó Valley where he steadily built a reputation for making quality wine.

Today, Vincente's daughters Begoña and Ana María Aresti López carry on what he started, and run what is now one of Chile's most successful and well-regarded wineries. Their wines are produced entirely from grapes grown on their own vineyards and they take inspiration from France for their style and blends.

About the vineyard

The vineyards are situated in Curicó, Chile’s largest wine valley. With a great climate, alluvial soil and a long ripening season, the grapes have ideal conditions in which to ripen and acquire depth of flavour.

The Family Collection is sourced from 3 vineyards:

Micaela: Deep clay-loam soil with a rocky profile below one meter of depth, ideal for red varieties.

Peñaflor: Deep clay-loam, slightly acidic soil with gentle slopes mostly used to grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Carménère, and Pinot Noir and Merlot to a lesser extent.

La Reserva: Variable (from clay-loam to sandy) soil, with medium-low fertility, rolling hills and different sun exposure, perfect for the production of a wide range of grape varieties..



95 Points & Platinum Award - Decanter WWA 2017
"Lovely combination of sweet notes of cinnamon, dry figs, ripe plums and the herbal Chilean finger print. Sleek and well managed cool palate with great intensity and concentration. Very well integrated alcohol and log layered finish."


92 Points - Luis Gutierrez
"The 2012 Family Collection is a red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with 20% Merlot, 12% Syrah, 10% Petite Sirah and 8% Petit Verdot from old vines aged separately in oak barrels for one year, blended and put back in barrels for a further six months. It has a balsamic nose, quite showy, with bright fruit and a sense of light. The palate is a lot less oaky than in previous occasions. It's powerful and well-oaked but with stuffing and balance, in an XL style. Quite a surprise." 


Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge 2017
"Complex aromas of cassis and chocolate. A bright plum elegant palate with firm, delicious fruit and tannin."


"This wine goes a long way to show that there are some seriously good wines from Chile available in the UK. Powerful and rich. Lots of deep fruit, plum, blackcherry, Casis. Chocolate and liquorice. Sweet spice from the oak. Even some lighter floral notes. Full bodied, alcoholic. Tannins are prominent but well integrated. Still developing"  4.5/5 Stars

"Great depth of colour on this classic 5-way New World Bordeaux blend. Pronounced nose with wafts of black current & sweet vanilla oak. Medium plus tannins are well integrated on a full flavoured & full bodied palate. No doubt will improve with time & great with a good steak!4.5/5 Stars

"Some seriously good wines come from Chile. Crushed fennel seed, sarsaparilla fruit, and a hint of white pepper on the nose. The palate gets even more complex with blueberry and light chocolate. Ripe fine tannins add to the structure"  4.5/5 Stars


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95 Points & 'Best Chilean Red Blend' - Stunning Bordeaux-Style Red
95 pts & Platinum award for 'Best Chilean Red Blend'
"...powerful and well-oaked but with stuffing and balance" Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of Chile's most successful and well-regarded wineries
"Lovely combination of sweet notes of cinnamon, dry figs, ripe plums and the herbal Chilean fingerprint" Decanter
2012 Aresti Family Collection - Brilliant Bordeaux Blend
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