Koyle Wines from Chile – Koyle Costa Sauvignon Blanc, Koyle Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

In general I love all Chilean wines.
I find them easy to drink and pricing-wise; decently affordable.

Koyle Wine Dinner-019

At a recent wine tasting dinner I was introduced to Koyle, a Chilean wine that is currently exported to 40 countries, affordable yet grown for quality rather than quantity.

Koyle Wine Dinner-020

I met Cristobal Undurraga Marimon, the first winemaker in the 5 generations of the Undurraga family.

Koyle Wine Dinner-007

Via biodynamic management of the Koyle vineyards, he aims to produce unique wines of exceptional quality. Doing a bit of research, I surfed over to their site to find out about this Koyle terroir that was mentioned throughout the evening.

Koyle Wine Dinner-002

Koyle vineyards are located in the Los Lingues, Alto Colchagua, in the buttresses of the Andes Mountains. Their property was rated Los Lingues after a thorough study by Doctor Pedro Parra Emilfork Terroir and our viticulturist and winemaker Cristobal Undurraga.

Ok, now only I know Los Lingues is a sort of rating.
Anyhow, we all know that soil plays a huge part in the cultivation of the best grapes for the best wines.

A Seasame Tuna Salad with Orange Segment, Dressing with Black Olive Tapenade adjourned dinner. I wish  I can sing some praises for this but frankly, it was pretty sub-standard.

DSC00506

The mushroom soup was next; earthy and fresh enough.

Koyle Wine Dinner-008

Koyle Costa Sauvignon Blanc 2011 was the accompanying wine for the starters. A Sauvignon Blanc, this was as expectantly tangy and light. Overall it was pleasantly balanced in  mineral acidity and crisp as a good white should be.

Koyle Wine Dinner-006

Between the 2 mains, I went for the meat. Well of course. The option was pork neck, how could I resist. 🙂

Oven Roasted Herbs Infused Pork Neck with Port Wine OR Sword Fish with Sauce of Capers.

Koyle Wine Dinner-013

Another option was Sword Fish with Sauce of Capers, Black Olives, Sundried  Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce.

Koyle Wine Dinner-011

This was matched with the Koyle Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 which was as intense in flavour as its ruby red color. However it was elegant on the palate, silky down the throat with a slightly tannic finish.

Koyle Wine Dinner-009

Koyle Wine Dinner-010

The last was a Syrah, not my favourite variety of red for sure but I managed to enjoy the Koyle Royale Syrah 2009. Though I only tried 2 reds from Koyle, I somewhat would recommend this to those who are like me, who doesn’t like their reds too dry. The Koyle reds are generally fruity, offering ‘freshness‘ and enough concentration to warrant it to be called a red.
Koyle Wine Dinner-014

Dessert:  Italian Panna Cotta with Passion Fruits Coulis.

Koyle Wine Dinner-015

It was an educational night and such a great pleasure to learn and chat with Mr Cristobal Undurraga himself! 🙂

Koyle Wine Dinner-024

Thanks to Thai Seng, the House of Fine Wines and Spirits for the opportunity to further enhance my wine palate.
For further enquiries or orders of fine wines, I would highly recommend Thai Seng for the superb collection. Contact: Tel: +603-8944-2898!

Category : Food, Glamour