Reserva Chardonnay 2016

Reserva Chardonnay 2016 Photo
Region: Maule Valley
Origin: Chile

Tasting Notes

This Chardonnay presents a bright straw-yellow color and high aromatic intensity. The nose features notes of tropical fruits such as banana and pineapple as well as white fruits such as pear and white peach. The use of seasoned barrels and lees ageing lends complexity and texture. The approachable palate has great volume, breadth, and natural acidity leading to a long, fresh finish.

Available Formats: 750ml

Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 13.1%
Pack Size: 12/750ml
Residual Sugar: <4 g/L
Acidity: 5.35 g/L
pH: 3.38
Aging: 15% was aged for eight months in French oak barrels
Vinification: The grapes were hand-picked in March and then immediately whole cluster pressed to preserve the natural aromatics and retain varietal freshness without emphasizing phenolic characters. The juice was fermented in stainless steel and aged on lees for eight months. 15% was aged for eight months in French oak barrels. No malolactic fermentation took place and the wine was lightly filtered before bottling.
Food Pairing: Oily fish, shellfish, mild cheeses, risottos.

Awards & Accolades

  • Vintage 2015 - 89; Wine Spectator

History of Reserva Chardonnay 2016

The grapes for the Reserva Chardonnay come from nine-year-old vines from Chilensis’ estate San Rafael vineyard in the Maule Valley (162 miles south of Santiago and 12.5 miles from the Andes Mountains range). The valley is geographically diverse, with a Mediterranean climate. Summers are warm and dry with a significant day-night temperature variation. Winters are cold and rainy. Most of the vineyard’s alluvial soils are loam to clay-loam in texture with a moderate fertility. Vigilant canopy management and cluster thinning during the growing season led to a yield of just over three tons per acre.

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