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The Grill Master Malbec 2017 and 2016 Concha y Toro ‘Casillero del Diablo’ Reds

06 April,2018

As one of this country’s leading wine distributors EuroVintage has an enormous portfolio of little–known and very highly-known brands. The products chosen are destined for different segments of the market. Here, I review an Argentine red under ‘The Grill Master Fan Club’ made by Andean Vineyards, a very large producers best known for creating value wines to fit into niche markets, plus three 2016 reds under the ‘Casillero del Diablo’ tier from Concha y Toro, one of the world’s great wine names. www.eurovintage.co.nz


The Grill Master Fan Club ‘Grill & Steak Wine’ Argentina Malbec 2017

Malbec from Argentina


Very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter on the rim and youthful in appearance. The nose has softly packed aromas of sweet and savoury dark-red berry and plum fruit entwined with subtle notes of dark herbs and nutty elements. This is up-front and uncomplicated. Medium-bodied, the palate has light, but sweet and juicy flavours of red berry and plum fruit. This is up-front and the palate is brightened by light, lacy acidity. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth with light extraction, and the wine flows easily, the flavours receding a little, leading to a lingering, nuanced finish. This is a light, but up-front, sweet and juicy Malbec with red berry and plum flavours on a smooth-flowing palate. Serve with antipasto and tapas, and barbecued fare over the next 2 years. Malbec fruit fermented to 12.5% alc. 15.5+/20 Apr 2018 RRP $13.99

Concha y Toro ‘Casillero del Diablo’ ‘Reserva’ Valle Central Merlot 2016

Merlot from Chile


Dark, deep, black-hearted ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, lighter edged and youthful in appearance. The nose is tightly bound with good depth and intensity of blackcurrant fruit along with dark-red berries and plums, entwined with dark herbs, some stalky elements and nutty oak notes. Medium-fill bodied, the palate has moderately rich and concentrated flavours of red and blackcurrants, along with subtle mulberry notes, intermingling with herbs and stalks. The fruit is underlined by light tannin grip and balanced, fresh acidity. As the wine flows, the herbaceous elements grow and carry to the finish. This Merlot has red and blackcurrant fruit infused with herb and stalk notes on a light-structured palate. Match with herb-marinated red meats, and serve with Mediterranean cuisine over the next 3+ years. Fruit from the Central Valley fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged in American oak barrels. 16.0+/20 Apr 2018 RRP $18.99

Concha y Toro ‘Casillero del Diablo’ ‘Reserva’ Valle Central Carmenere 2016

Other Red from Chile


Even, dark purple-red colour with black hues, youthful in appearance. The nose is well-proportioned with moderately rich fruit aromas of dark-red berry fruit along with red and blackcurrants, entwined with dark herbs and a layering of spicy and cedary oak. Medium-full bodied, the palate has elegantly concentrated and pack flavours of richly sweet dark-red berry fruit and blackcurrants infused with dark herbs, nuances of stalk, and an overlay of spices and cedary oak. The palate has light tannin structure providing good backbone, with integrated acidity. The wine carries easily to a long finish of currants, herbs and cedar. This is an elegantly concentrated, sweetly rich fruited Carmenere with currant, herb and stalky flavours along with spicy and cedary oak on a light-structured palate. Match with game meat dishes over the next 3-4 years. Fruit from the Central Valley, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged in oak barrels. 17.0/20 Apr 2018 RRP $18.99

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