Bodega Volcanes De Chile Chardonnay 2020
1 or more bottles$28.00
Mark Faber96 points
Grapes from the Southern Region of Malleco Valley.
This is a new region where cool climate, high quality grapes are grown at about 565km south of Santiago and approximately 80km inland from the Pacific Ocean.
The soils are deep and black and rich in trumao – a volcanic soil formed by deposits from the historic eruptions of the nearby volcanoes; principally Tolhuaca and Lonquimay - this is evident in the complexity and minerality of the wine
In the vineyard, cover crops are grown in between the rows of vines to help absorb the majority of the water and thus control and reduce naturally the vines vigour.
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"Yellow apple, biscuit, praline, honeycomb, hazelnut and a whiff of chalky stone. Palate follows through with the ripe, rich, round generosity of Chardonnay with well-integrated oak. Taut line of zippy acid underpins this generosity. Lovely wine."
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With the Andes mountains to its east (on its border with Argentina) and the Pacific Ocean to its west, Chile has a unique geography and climate that make it suitable for a range of both red and white wine styles. The country enjoys cooling influences from both the ocean and the mountains, coupled with plenty of sunshine. Generally, Chilean vineyards have a Mediterranean climate, with a sunny, dry growing season and little risk of fungal diseases. Winery operations of all sizes throughout the country widely practise sustainable and organic grapegrowing and winemaking. Black grape varieties account for most of the plantings in Chile, with Cabernet Sauvignon the most widely planted. Styles can range from simple and fruity to premium full-bodied examples. Other red wine varieties include Merlot, Carmenère, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. Among the white varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are the most dominant.
In terms of viticulture the central valley of chile (spanish: valle central) spans the o'higgins region (vi) and maule region (vii) administrative regions and the administrative metropolitan region, and is the main growing zone for chilean wine and coincides with the historical core of the chilean central valley.
This is chile's most productive and internationally known wine region, due predominately to its proximity to the national capital santiago.
It is located directly across the andes' from one of argentina's wine regions: mendoza province. Within the central valley there are four wine growing region subregions: the maipo valley, the rapel valley, the curicó valley and the maule valley.
Chile’s southernmost wine-producing region, Malleco Valley is home to only a small number of producers, as the valley’s rugged terrain and more extreme climate pose a number of challenges for grapegrowing. However, the region’s cool climate – significantly colder than that of other Chilean wine regions – suits early-ripening grape varieties, including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir. The resulting wines are crisp and refreshing – high in acidity, concentrated in flavours, and easy-drinking. The Chardonnays are typically bright yellow and highly aromatic, with citrusy notes of lemon and grapefruit. On the palate, you’ll find a creamy, buttery texture that nicely complements the high acidity as well as an intense finish. With Malleco Valley Sauvignon Blancs, you’ll again find citrus notes on the nose alongside a trace of green chilli; the palate is fresh and nicely concentrated. Malleco Valley Pinot Noirs are light-bodied, with hints of spice and characteristic high acid levels.
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About the brand Bodega Volcanes de Chile
“Our philosophy is to create wines that reflect their unique soils, formed by volcanic activity over millions of years and that are true expressions of their origin, displaying the purity and typicity of the specific grape without excessive oak that can mask the unique flavours. The chance to source grapes from a range of denominations gives the portfolio more diversity but in each wine, my style is consistent as I aim to really manifest the volcanic rocks and ash by ultimately producing wines that are more vibrant and intense with balanced tannins and acidity.” - Pilar Diaz, Volcanes Winemaker