Chilean winery Viña Ventisquero was established in 2000 and has a pretty wide product range under several different marques. Ventisquero is an old Spanish word for glacier that is still used to name a few of them in South America. This particular line of Queulat wines is named after a breathtaking hanging glacier in the far south of Chile. (Queulat is a local Chono word meaning "sound of the waters".)
Out of the seven wines in this collection, I got to try two of them. The Pinot Noir came with a cork, while the Sauvignon Blanc was enclosed with a convenient screwcap.
2012 Queulat Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Leyda Valley, Chile
100% Sauvignon Blanc
$18, 13% abv.
Aromas of grapefruit pith and quince with a hint of anise. Floral elements open up with a few swirls. Firm acidity with a nice round body, resulting in a well-balanced wine. Should be great with grilled fish and fresh spring vegetables.
2011 Queulat Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
Casablanca Valley, Chile
100% Pinot Noir
$18, 13.5% abv.
Bright profile of overripe strawberries with tart acidity. Gentle tannins and a light body reveal chocolate and a little spice. I found myself craving stuffed pork chops with a lot of rosemary.
Note: These wines were provided as samples.