Not for the faint-hearted: Tesco Finest Valle del Limari Shiraz 2019 (Chile)

I hope I can visit Chile one day, during the harvest period and taste some black grapes. Doing a vintage in a cellar would be even more amazing. That way I could probably understand where that very special character comes, which hallmarks the red wines of the country.

The Tesco Finest Valle del Limari Shiraz 2019 has this overwhelming Chile thing going on, overwriting everything else. It does not smell like a Syrah at all, arguably not even like a red wine. Sweet, syrupy aromatics, full of sweet creme de cassis and mango. More vinous on the palate, it’s actually dry and real, nice stem-like tannins add a savoury character to it. I like the mouthfeel, but the aromatics is just too much for me. This will be polarizing, buy only if you like the style.

Rating: 83 points.
Price: around 2300 HUF, £ 9.00 in the UK.
Stockist: Tesco.
Tasted: December, 2020.
Value: OK, if you like the style.
Drinking window: 2020-2022.
Source: own purchase.