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I bought a case of Casillero del Diablo wine from Tesco via their online wine shop - they were selling at a price of £36 (reduced from £50) for 6 bottles, all red. So far we've had a couple of bottles - the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot but there's also a Shiraz, Shiraz Reserva, Carmenere Reserva and Malbec. The wines are all from Chile and come in classic green bottles with screwcaps (not that they get screwed back on once open!) with a devil's face logo on the front. Both the bottles of wine we've had so far have been lovely, the Sauvignon is really full and fruity and very, very smooth and the Merlot a little drier, not quite as smooth but still very fruity and nice. I'm sure the Shiraz will be lovely too. At £6 per bottle I found it to be a good quality wine for a reasonable price - I'm not sure I'd have paid £50 for the case, but at £36 for the 6 it's well worth the price. A consistently good wine - worth looking out for when on offer.
I am usually a white wine drinker but do, on occasions, like a glass (or 3) of red. One of my favourites is Casillero del Diablo cabernet sauvignon. Casillero del Diablo cabernet sauvignon is produced in the Maipo valley in Chile. After fermentation in steel tanks 70% of the wine is then transferred to be aged in American oak for a further 6-8 months. The remaining 30% is aged in stainless steel tanks. This gives the wine its oak flavours. The name Casillero del Diablo means cellar of the devil. The name came about in the 19th century when the vineyard owner Don Melchor discovered that his vineyard workers were sampling his precious wines. Don Melchor started a rumour that his dark cellar where the wine was stored was the cellar of the devil. It is not documented whether or not his ploy worked, but the name stuck. However back to the present day and that all-important taste test! The bottle looks good with its red foil top and white and gold label. On uncorking the bottle and taking a sniff I can't say I really noticed any so called bouquet. On poring a glass I could definitely detect a fruity aroma. The bottle suggests this wine has a bouquet of ripe cherries, blackcurrants and plums with a hint of vanilla. The colour is a lovely rich, bright red. My first sip tastes smooth and rich. I find some red wines have a horrible, tannin aftertaste but this one has no hint of tannin. After a few sips I could detect a hint of vanilla and a really fruity taste. In short this wine is lovely! This is a great wine to drink with any red meat, tomato dishes or cheese. It is also good on its own! With an alcohol content of 13.6% this wine is no lightweight and should be treated with respect to avoid the hangover from hell. It is widely available and costs around £5.99 a bottle. I really recommend you give it a try!
Sample the wines of from the Devil's cellar in the Concha y Toro estate.