Chateau Condor

A deep and voluptuous scarlet is visible through the bottle: one thinks irresistibly of Conquistador blood, a hint of Condor breath emanates as you pop the cork and the unmistakeable taste of the coca plant rolls onto the tongue as I supped this freebie bottle of Chilean red wine sent through the post to me at my work station this week.

A very nice lady rang me up a few days before and asked if I liked to drink wine. I said I did. Two days later a bottle of Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon arrived in the post room complete with two pages on how Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon is made from vines which grow on the Andes.

For those who like the technical details I can reveal: ‘Close proximity to the Andes creates a wide diurnal temperature variation between day and night temperatures. Solar energy strikes the earth’s surface each morning heating a shallow layer of air 1-3 cm above the ground which does not efficiently exchange higher, cooler air. For example, at noon, on a very warm summer’s day air temperatures may vary by 30 degrees F from just above the ground to waist level. Again, this is accentuated by proximity to water, soil type, wind, cloud and moisture on the ground. Experiencing diurnal temperature variations would be like placing your feet by a fire-side whilst your waist and torso were enduring the cold on the ski slopes…’

For those who like to drink I can reveal it is indeed very good. If a crate arrives as a result of this shameless plug I promise to make my evidence known to the Leveson Inquiry.