Dance with el Diablo this Halloween


World-famous Chilean wine brand Casillero del Diablo has launched its latest vintage of the limited edition Devilish Release in Singapore in time for Halloween.

When it comes to Casillero del Diablo’s Devilish Release, the Concha y Toro-owned Chilean winery comes with an interesting back story. Legend has it that back in the 19th century, owner Don Melchor de Concha y Toro discovered that bottles of wine were disappearing from his cellar. In order to scare off any would-be thieves, he decided to spread a rumour that the Devil himself lived in the cellar; Casillero del Diablo, after all, is Spanish for “Devil’s cellar”. But while the winery’s core range is as urbane as any, aside from the Devil’s Collection the Devilish Release is said to be the one expression that captures the most striking elements of Casillero del Diablo.

This limited edition annual release is made entirely out of Cabernet Sauvignon – it is, of course, Casillero del Diablo’s most used variety, and certainly makes its most popular wines – specifically from the Central Valley in Chile. The wine is explosive with pleasing aromas of cherries and blackcurrants on the nose, while a hint of vanilla from ageing in oak barrels – 60% of the wine is aged in medium toast, American oak for 8 months, 40% is aged in stainless steel for 8 months – provides a rounded finish.

The Devilish Release is also supposed to be make great pairing with food. “Deep, intense ruby red and medium bodied with silky tannins, the Cabernet Sauvignon is easy on the palate and is perfect with red meat and aged cheese. It also pairs beautifully with local fare such as Char Kway Teow, Peking Duck, and Indian Tikka,” says Mohammad Fazil, the Ruinart Singapore Sommelier Challenge 2017 winner who recently joined the Vina Concha Y Toro team as the brand ambassador.

“The Devilish Release is our way of introducing a special tipple at Halloween; whether you’re chilling on the sofa in front of your favourite scary movie or out with friends at a bar or restaurant – this is the wine for the occasion,” says Nani Mulet, Head of Marketing, Asia Pacific, Viña Concha y Toro.

Unfortunately Singapore will not be getting the Sauvignon Blanc version of the Devilish Release.

The Devilish Release is available from October only at all NTUC Fairprice supermarkets and on Redmart from SGD$32.50, while stocks last.