Chile's reputation is largely built on its reds, but the country is increasingly putting out juicy whites. Given the range of the country's climates and soils, there is a wide variety. The Pionero chardonnay has a generous touch of semillon added for extra flavour. To my mind, this is great value for $89, from Force Eight Cellars (fax: 2527-6255) or selected wine outlets. Do not serve this wine too cold or you will ruin the ripe aroma. It should be chilled a little, but not icy. The winery is in the Rapel Valley region, where the temperatures are moderate and the soils rich, but grapes are also grown in a cool climate and hot areas. This gives winemaker Pablo Morande a chance to mix and blend until he gets exactly the flavours he desires. There are four wines in this range, all at the same price. I particularly liked the chardonnay and the merlot, which always seems to do well in Chile. There is a lean sauvignon blanc and a robust cabernet sauvignon, which gets extra complexity and power from malbec, carignan, bouchet, cinsault, shiraz and cesaro grapes. A good buy.