Reserva Unwooded Chardonnay, 2020
Fresh and juicy, this delicate unoaked but creamy Chardonnay has tropical aromas of pineapples, ripe melon and peach combined with fresh citrus notes. The palate is silky and vibrant with a long and mouth-watering finish.
Meet the maker: Viña Echeverría
Region: Curicó, Central Valley – Chile
Grape(s): Chardonnay (95%), Viognier (5%)
13.5% ABV / 750ml / Vegetarian / Vegan
Viña Echeverria´s vineyards and winery are located in the Curicó Valley, Chile's wine heartland. Situated on the 35th parallel south, between the towering Andes mountains and the cool Pacific Ocean, this privileged viticultural zone sits at 243m above sea-level.
With its cold nights and warm dry days, intense sunlight and long growing season, it is ideally suited to produce healthy vines and grapes. The cooling influence of the ocean breeze, allows the grapes to achieve outstanding fruit aromas and exceptional colour concentration.
The rows are planted in an east-westerly direction, to maximise the sun's exposure. Working with a model of micro viticulture, each plot, of no more than half a hectare, is identified according to its terroir and microclimate and planted accordingly.
The vines undergo specific pruning, irrigation and canopy management, which results in grapes of optimum quality and flavour.
The soil is loam and clay with a well-drained gravelly subsoil.
The grapes were destemmed and chilled to 8°C followed by a direct pneumatic pressing.
Static sedimentation took place at 8-10°C for 24-48 hours.
30% of the blend then underwent a cold maceration for 18 hours to enhance the fruit flavours.
The must was fermented in stainless steel tanks with wild yeasts at controlled temperatures of between 14-18°C for 25 days.
Partial malolactic conversion took place followed by six weeks maturation in steel tanks, with continuous stirring of the fine lees, imparting a creamy texture to the final wine.
Blended with Viognier following fermentation, the wine was stored in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, prior to bottling.