From the La Vinilla estate vineyard – a seriously good Rhone style blend… better than ever!
Translucent golden yellow in colour, the nose features fruity aromas of apricots and white fruits with a floral side and notes of toasted almonds and butter. Robust and creamy on the palate with a backbone of acidity.
40km southeast of Valparaiso, the Casablanca Valley is a pre-littoral valley on the region’s coastal plain with close to 4,000 hectares planted to vine. It is characterized by its privileged climate for white varieties, especially for Chardonnay. The grapes ripen slowly in this area, which allows them to produce very aromatic and fruity wines and very expressive flavors. These grapes come from small blocks where the fruit is of a particularly high quality. The valley’s temperate-to-warm climate has a maritime influence due to coastal breezes that moderate temperatures. In the summer, they cool the air and maintain an average temperature of 26°C (79°F). The area has no threat of frost for approximately 10 months of the year. Average annual precipitation is 450 mm (17.7 inches) and is concentrated between May and October. November to April are dry months, and the average annual temperature is 14.4°C (58°F).
The grapes were hand-picked and transported to the winery where they were placed onto a conveyor belt, selected, and passed on to a pneumatic press for whole bunch pressing. The must was allowed to decant and the clean juice was racked off to new French oak barrels for alcoholic fermentation and allowed to age sur lie in the barrels for 4 months. Prior to bottling the wine was fined with bentonite and cold stabilized to prevent the formation of tartrate crystals. The wine was filtered with a thick layer of diatomaceous earth and lightly filtered with a 0.45 micron cartridge filter at the time of bottling.
Ideal with fish and seasoned shellfish such as grilled octopus and bouillabaisse with merquén chili powder.
Chardonnay, Viognier, Marsanne
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