The Cono Sur range was born in 1993, founded "with the vision of producing premium, expressive and innovative wines that convey the spirit of the New World". Their philosophy of innovation paired with sustainability and quality makes them a brand that's always going to produce something interesting.
This week, I selected the Viognier from the Bicicleta range, named after the bicycles they use to get around the vineyards.
Cono Sur were the first wine producers in Chile to produce and export this varietal, and this one comes from the renowned Colchagua Valley. When I saw that this wine was on sale for £5 I had to pinch myself. Surely it couldn't live up to the promise? After all, the spiritual homeland of the Viognier grape is Condrieu in France's northern Rhone Valley, and an example from here is likely to set you back at least £20 retail. The reputation of the grape is that it's challenging to grow, and decent American examples have set me back at least £10.
A friend of mine loves aromatic wines as much as I do, and I know that she is partial to a Viognier, so I requested her help in sampling this one.
Here's what Simone had to say:
"For the price I think this is a fantastic wine. I would normally expect to pay more for a wine like this. I love that it is aromatic and was expecting it to go best with a spicy kind of oriental meal. My boyfriend had surprised me with a fab West Indian concoction on my return from the shopping expedition which complemented it perfectly. I also think this would go well with a halloumi/hoummus/bread/tapas kind of lunch.... Great value."
I'm glad Simone was convinced, as, like me, she had to seek out an Asda store specially to sample this one. Do the Purple Teeth public agree? Let us know via the blog comments.
If you generally find white wine acidity too taxing for your palate, for example after sampling Sauvignon Blanc, then you might find this a summer's white that won't set your teeth on edge.
Flavours come out more as it comes to room temperature after time in the glass so if you find it too overtly floral, just keep it super chilled. I found that food actually seemed to improve it.
I served it with a home made Chinese sweet and spicy stiry fry with lots of vegetable and later found out that that's almost exactly what was recommended on the label. I must be getting good at this.
Purple Teeth will certainly give this a "buy again" rating. At £5 a bottle, it's too good to miss. It's also on sale at Morrison's for £7.49 and that's a fair price for a wine of this quality.