New World, new horizons for wine buffs

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In the past 10 years, Chile has gone from a bulk producer of soft, juicy reds to a pioneer of exceptional wines.

And, while its gifted winemakers have kept the lid on mainstream prices, some of Chile’s premium wines don’t break the bank either.

For a joyous taste of South America, check out these gems.

Super ripe and not far off the rosy-red colour of Chile’s national flower, The Wine Selection Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile (£5.98, Asda) showcases Chile’s full-bodied, blackcurranty style. A silky, fruity bomb with a tingle of raspberry - enjoy it on its own or with red meats and tomato-based pasta.

Alternatively, Waitrose Reserva Chilean Carmenere 2011, Rapel Valley, Chile (£5.99 from £7.99, until March 12, Waitrose) has the rich, spice-edged flavours of carmenere. Packed with brambly fruits, cassis and black cherry with a whisper of cigar box.

Casa Silva Reserva Carmenere 2010, Colchagua Valley, Chile (£9.99, www.averys.com), is packed with Chilean warmth and bright red fruit, and exudes a plummy nose with sweet and soft tannins on the lingering finish.