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Caballo Loco

Welcome to the Exel Wines page for Caballo Loco (and Valdivieso)!

Every so often, events take place that change history. Over 20 years ago, the viticultural industry experience a revolution in Chile. New factors came together: the use of the French oak barrels, technology and access to precise information about weather and soil, changed the way wine was made. It is in this context that a unique wine with exceptional quality was born: Caballo Loco, a wine that gathers the best varieties, vintages and valleys of Chile; a wine that is made in a unique oenological process that reserves half of each release in order to be blended with half of the next version”.  Viña Valdiveso

Valdivieso dates back to 1879 when Alberto Valdivieso founded Champagne Valdivieso, the first company in Chile and South America to make sparkling wine. More than a hundred years later in the late 1980s, the company expanded in a new direction when it began commercial production of still wines - as Viña Valdivieso – at their Curicó Valley winery in Lontué. Valdivieso wines have since had a very successful career, triumphing in major world markets and achieving the highest honours in international competitions. These achievements are not an objective in themselves, but rather the result of the search for superior quality wines that are both distinctive and attractive.

Here at Exel, we are huge fans of Valdivieso’s work. Chilean wines in the UK - with some justification in some quarters - can come in for a sceptical press and less-than-spotless reputation; they are, in short, often seen as putting quantity, affordability and simplicity over quality and complexity ... and all too often seen as house wines and supermarket fare.

Such a view, you can comfortably forget here.

The upper echelons of Valdivieso’s wines (see below) and – especially – the Caballo(s) Locos turn that reputation on its head, offering iconic (in the case of the Caballo Loco) and formidable wines, without compromise to quality, yet still at price points that the Old World – and much of the New World - seems unable to offer.

All of our wines from Valdivieso/Caballo Loco appear at the foot of this page. You'll be hard pressed indeed to find these cheaper in the UK!

 

(‘The’) Caballo Loco (NV)

Valdivieso's top wine and stable star, the Caballo Loco, is known around the world. Each year, it changes merely its edition and, technically, not its vintage. It brings together every Caballo Loco made since 1992 (the year of version 1), in what is, effectively, a solera system (as used for sherry and brandy de Jerez).

The idea for the Caballo Loco was inspired by the legendary Ribera del Duero, Vega Sicilia Único Gran Reserva, which is produced using the solera method. This is the winemaking technique used for sherry and Brandy de Jerez production, in which barrel-aged wines from different years are progressively and fractionally blended for reasons of both complexity and consistency.

The first Caballo Loco was produced in 1994 (Caballo Loco 1) and made from a blend of 50% of that year’s vintage with an aged blend from 1992. The resulting wine is bottle-aged for at least 18 months before release onto the market, and being a blend of wines from different years, there is, of course, no vintage on the label.

The grapes for the premium Caballo Loco come from four different vineyards in central Chile. The blend of the new wine varies each time it is made. Number 1 for example was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir, whilst later editions have contained varieties as diverse as Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carménère. Only Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are ever-present, these being blended with the best grapes from the other varieties that were most successful in the particular year (and best suited to create the intended balance of the Caballo Loco).

At Exel, we offer version 17. More detail, including technical sheets (for such a technical wine), appear on our product page.

The result is a wine of great concentration, quite unlike any other on the market. There is intense mature berry fruit on the nose and richness on the palate with velvety tannins, and so many layers of flavours that the wine is almost impossible to describe in detail. The secret blend of grapes from different vintages create intense aromas of dark cherry, coffee, and rich fruitcake. Full bodied on the palate with a beautiful lingering structure.

It is a unique - some say crazy - wine, which is quite incomparable. It has great aromatic and flavour complexity, with an ageing potential of at least 10 years.

At Exel, we are delighted to be able to be one of the UK’s few outlets for this wonderful wine.

 

Caballo Loco 17 NV

£31.80

Caballo Loco Grand Cru

The four Caballo Loco Grands Crus were created by Valdivieso to show the different wines, terroirs and valleys that are the fundamental components of the icon Caballo Loco wine. For this reason, specific wines from specific valleys were born – inspired by the French cru concept which differentiates a terroir with very specific characteristics - where each strain/blend reflects the maximum expression of that valley.

One can arguably see these wines as understudies for the "true" Caballo Loco, but they are far more than that, being quite superb - and full-throttle - wines in their own right, made with all the care, attention and know-how of the NV/"solera" version.

They vary from the velvety-rich 100% Syrah of the Limari valley - through the Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends (with Carménère and Cabernet Franc respectively) of Apalta and Maipo - to the intriguing 5-varietal Sagrada Familia (a single-vintage, single-valley proxy – and arguably the nearest match – for ‘the’ Caballo Loco).

All are intriguing, ageworthy and carry the full richness that one would expect of a premium Chilean/New World wine.

The Caballos Locos on show at a recent trade tasting

 

Valdivieso Single Vineyard and Single Valley Lot (single-varietal) wines

Most definitely not to be outdone by the Caballo(s) Locos, these wines should not escape your gaze. Valdivieso has a wealth of vineyards and the quality of their terroirs is shown by their Single Vineyard and Valley Selection wines (the latter known as Single Valley Lot in older vintages). Both ranges encapsulate everything at which Chile excels: rich, vibrant flavours and smooth, glossy textures - and the wines deserve the multitude of gongs they have picked up in recent years. Well-travelled Kiwi winemaker, Brett Jackson, has settled in Chile and much of Valdivieso’s success in recent years can be credited to his talent.

At Exel, we list 3 white and 5 red varieties (white: Viognier, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc; red: Merlot, Cabernets Franc and Sauvignon, Carménère and Pinot Noir) under one label or the other. All, we find, are excellent and popular; most beloved by Exel shop customers are the super-quaffable Valley Selection Merlot (in particular) and Chardonnay, while the sumptuous, super-ripe Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc and intriguing Sauvignon Blanc (on account of its oak barrel fermentation) stood out most to the tasting team at Exel.

Finally, we also list the delightful Eclat Botrytis Semillon 2013 dessert wine and the super-value Brut NV sparkling wines from Valdivieso – definite Christmas contenders, these.

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Caballo Loco 17 NV (1x75cl)

The winemaker's own technical sheets appear below (click blue links) - the Spanish inclusion may seem a little leftfield, but includes regional and other info that have yet to be put onto the English version

Caballo Loco 17 - fiche technique - English

Caballo Loco 17 - fiche technique - Spanish

Valdivieso's top wine and stable star, the Caballo Loco is known around the world and each year changes merely its edition and, technically, not its vintage. It brings together every Cabollo Loco made since 1992 (the year of version 1), in what is, effectively, a solera system (as used for sherry and brandy de Jerez).

The idea for Caballo Loco was inspired by the legendary Ribera de Duero, Vega Sicilia Único Gran Reserva, which is produced using the solera method. This is the winemaking technique used for sherry and brandy de Jerez production, in which barrel-aged wines from different years are progressively and fractionally blended for reasons of both complexity and consistency.

The first Caballo Loco was produced in 1994 (Caballo Loco 1) and made from a blend of 50% of that year’s vintage with an aged blend from 1992. 

The resulting wine is bottle-aged for at least 18 months before release onto the market, and being a blend of wines from different years, there is, of course, no vintage on the label.

The grapes for the premium Caballo Loco come from four different vineyards in central Chile. The blend of the new wine varies each time it is made. Number 1 for example was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir, whilst later editions have contained varieties as diverse as Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carménère. Only Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc are ever-present, these being blended with the best grapes from the other varieties that were most successful in the particular year (and best suited to create the intended balance of the Caballo Loco).

Each bottle of this version 17 therefore comprises:

- 50% version 16 and

- 50% of grapes from harvests from 2012 and 2013. New for version 17 was Carignan from Melozal (a sub-region of Maule) and Syrah from Limarí. This variety brings to the Caballo Loco another dimension of complexity, with balanced freshness and acidity.

The result is a wine of great concentration, quite unlike any other on the market. There is intense mature berry fruit on the nose and richness on the palate with velvety tannins, and so many layers of flavours that the wine is almost impossible to describe in detail. The secret blend of grapes from different vintages create intense aromas of dark cherry, coffee, and rich fruitcake. Full bodied on the palate with a beautiful lingering structure. 

It is a unique - some say crazy - wine, which is quite incomparable. It has great aromatic complexity and in the mouth, and an ageing potential of at least 10 years.

£31.80

Caballo Loco Grand Cru Apalta 2014 (1x 75cl)

The Caballo Loco Grands Crus were created by Valdivieso to show the different wines that are fundamental components of the icon Caballo Loco wine. For this reason, specific wines from specific valleys wine were born, where each strain/blend reflects the maximum expression of that valley.

One can arguably see these wines as understudies for the "true" Caballo Loco, but they are more than that, being quite superb - and full-throttle - wines in their own right, made with all the care, attention and know-how of the NV/"solera" version.

This Grand Cru Apalta represents all the fruit power and smoothness of the Colchagua Valley, with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere.

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Caballo Loco Grand Cru Apalta 2014 - fiche technique

£22.85

Caballo Loco Grand Cru Limari 2014

The Caballo Loco Grands Crus were created by Valdivieso to show the different wines that are fundamental components of the icon Caballo Loco wine. For this reason, specific wines from specific valleys wine were born, where each strain/blend reflects the maximum expression of that valley.

One can arguably see these wines as understudies for the "true" Caballo Loco, but they are more than that, being quite superb - and full-throttle - wines in their own right, made with all the care, attention and know-how of the NV/"solera" version.

This Grand Cru Apalta represents all the fruit power and smoothness of the Limari Valley, showcasing the excellent Syrah (100% here) of this region.

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Caballo Loco Grand Cru Limari 2014 - fiche technique

A big, full-bodied wine with delicious aromas and flavours of ripe red cherries, coffee and dark chocolate. It has a luxurious texture and a lingering finish.

£22.85

Caballo Loco Grand Cru Maipo 2014 (1x 75cl)

The Caballo Loco Grands Crus were created by Valdivieso to show the different wines that are fundamental components of the icon Caballo Loco wine. For this reason, specific wines from specific valleys wine were born, where each strain/blend reflects the maximum expression of that valley.

One can arguably see these wines as understudies for the "true" Caballo Loco, but they are more than that, being quite superb - and full-throttle - wines in their own right, made with all the care, attention and know-how of the NV/"solera" version.

This Grand Cru Maipo gives the elegance and typical structure of Alto Maipo Valley, with a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Caballo Loco Grand Cru Maipo 2014 - fiche technique

A big, full-bodied wine with delicious aromas and flavours of ripe red cherries, coffee and dark chocolate. It has a luxurious texture and a lingering finish.

£22.85

Caballo Loco Grand Cru Sagrada Familia 2015 (1x 75cl)

The Caballo Loco Grands Crus were created by Valdivieso to show the different wines that are fundamental components of the icon Caballo Loco wine. For this reason, specific wines from specific valleys wine were born, where each strain/blend reflects the maximum expression of that valley.

One can arguably see these wines as understudies for the "true" Caballo Loco, but they are more than that, being quite superb - and full-throttle - wines in their own right, made with all the care, attention and know-how of the NV/"solera" version.

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

Caballo Loco Grand Cru Sagrada Familia 2015 - fiche technique

This Grand Cru Sagrada Familia represents all the fruit power and smoothness of the Curico Valley (and specifically the Sagrada Famila DO within it) with a blend of (deep breath) Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere.

£22.85

Valdivieso Single Vineyard Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (1x 75cl)

Based in Lontué in the Curicó Valley, Valdivieso has a wealth of vineyards and the quality of their terroirs is shown by their Single Valley Lot/Valley Selection and Single Vineyard wines. The whole range encapsulates everything that Chile excels at: rich, vibrant flavours and smooth, glossy textures - and the wines deserve the multitude of gongs they have picked up in recent years. Well-travelled Kiwi winemaker, Brett Jackson, has settled in Chile and much of Valdivieso’s success in recent years can be credited to his talent.

The vineyards here are located in the Leyda Valley, enjoying a strong influence from Leyda's maritime climate, due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. This area is cold, therefore ideal for Sauvignon Blanc and its preferred slower ripening. This allows for greater retention of acidity and greater aromatic qualities. The objective is to make a wine that is a true reflection of this area, through an optimal combination of soil, climate and vine.

100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Harvest is by solely by hand in the second week of March. Traditional winemaking methods are employed, with the aim that the wine is a faithful reflection of the terroir from which it comes. The clusters are taken directly to the presses. The must undergoes a natural fermentation in barrels, driven by 'wild' yeasts, present in the grapes. To ensure successful fermentation, there is no addition of sulfur dioxide. The wine is kept in barrels of 500 litres, the barrels being of 100% French oak, and kept in contact with its lees for 6 months. Malolactic fermentation is not allowed to occur, in order to retain the crisp natural acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc grape.

Bright with noticeable green highlights. Has an elegant aromatic profile, studded with aromas of white fruits, mixed with a soft vegetable character with green chilli notes. This is a most fruity Sauvignon Blanc with more body than is usual: a direct result of the barrel fermentation and lees contact. It is unctuous and of a rich acidity that refreshes the palate, combining fresh fruit flavours and mineral characters with vinification techniques of 'wild ferment', to produce a wine of great elegance and balance.

£14.20

Valdivieso Single Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2014 (1x75cl)

Based in Lontué in the Curicó Valley, Valdivieso has a wealth of vineyards and the quality of their terroirs is shown by their Single Valley Lot/Valley Selection and Single Vineyard wines. The whole range encapsulates everything that Chile excels at: rich, vibrant flavours and smooth, glossy textures - and the wines deserve the multitude of gongs they have picked up in recent years. Well-travelled Kiwi winemaker, Brett Jackson, has settled in Chile and much of Valdivieso’s success in recent years can be credited to his talent.

100% Cabernet Franc.

The fruit comes from the La Rosa vineyard, situated in the DO of Sagrada Familia, itself in the Curicó Valley region. This vineyard is now 50 years old. The vineyards hare are all located in a small valley very close to the coastal mountain range. North-facing, it is protected from the cool-cold breezes that blow along the Mataquito River: this is a very warm place by Chilean vineyard standards. 

The grapes were harvested by hand in the third week of April.

The bunches go through a meticulous manual selection before being gently destemmed. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks over a period of 7 to 10 days at a controlled temperature of 26° to 28°C. The must in fermentation is pumped back over  the pomace layer (remontage/remontado) three times a day. The wine is left some 7 to 14 days in post-fermentative maceration to extract further colour and tannins. The wine is then stored for 12 months in French oak barrels (100%), 35% of which are new. 

Intense dark red color and of great aromatic complexity, especially at this price point. Aromas of red fruits (cherry, raspberry and plum), combines with a spicy peppery aroma and subtle notes of vanilla, bitter chocolate and black pepper. The fruit is thus well complemented with elegant species from the stay in barrels. Soft in texture, its structure is accompanied by round tannins. Ripe and rich on the palate, with good concentration of flavour and the elegant structure any serious Cabernet Franc should possess.

£14.80

Valdivieso Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (1x 75cl)

Based in Lontué in the Curicó Valley, Valdivieso has a wealth of vineyards and the quality of their terroirs is shown by their Single Valley Lot/Valley Selection and Single Vineyard wines. The whole range encapsulates everything that Chile excels at: rich, vibrant flavours and smooth, glossy textures - and the wines deserve the multitude of gongs they have picked up in recent years. Well-travelled Kiwi winemaker, Brett Jackson, has settled in Chile and much of Valdivieso’s success in recent years can be credited to his talent.

Grapes here are obtained from the Chada vineyard, located in the Maipo Valley. This valley, more than any other of the Chilean valleys, is recognized for producing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The hot summers and soft autumns contribute to obtain an optimum maturity, where the fruit develops great aromas, powerful structure, soft tannins and all the characteristic elegance of the Cabernet Sauvignon from this Chilean terroir.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Harvest is by hand in the last week of April. The bunches go through a meticulous manual selection and are then gently destemmed. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, taking some 7 to 10 days at a controlled temperature of 26° to 28°C. The must is pumped back over the pomace three times during the day. The wine stays 7 to 14 days in post-fermentative maceration to extract the best colour and tannins available. The wine is stored for 12 months in French oak barrels, of which 35% are new.

Deep ruby ​​red with violet tints. Complex in the nose. Fruit aromas are of ripe blacks fruits, especially blackberries and black cherries. Menthol notes are mixed with subtle spices like vanilla, cinnamon and coffee. Elegant on the palate: full bodied, structured with marked but silky tannins. The fruit is balanced with a rich acidity that imparts fine longevity to the wine.

All told, an excellent, well-balanced Chilean Cabernet.

£14.40

Valdivieso Single Vineyard Carmenere 2012 (1x 75cl)

Based in Lontué in the Curicó Valley, Valdivieso has a wealth of vineyards and the quality of their terroirs is shown by their Single Valley Lot/Valley Selection and Single Vineyard wines. The whole range encapsulates everything that Chile excels at: rich, vibrant flavours and smooth, glossy textures - and the wines deserve the multitude of gongs they have picked up in recent years. Well-travelled Kiwi winemaker, Brett Jackson, has settled in Chile and much of Valdivieso’s success in recent years can be credited to his talent.

The fruit was sourced from Peumo, located in the Cachapoal Valley and qualifies for the sub-regional DO/appellation of Peumo.

This valley has warm temperatures with no rain during the growing season, due to the height of the coastal mountains which partially block the cold influence of the Pacific Ocean. The wide temperature fluctuation between night and day, which is key quality factor for colour and tannins in reds; is ideal for this variety, allowing the Carmenère to achieve full ripeness, silky tannins and ripe black fruit aromas. 

The grapes were carefully selected and hand picked in the first week of May. Bunches were gently de-stemmed. Fermentation was in stainless steel tanks for between 7-10 days. During fermentation the must was pumped over the skin cap three times a day. After alcoholic fermentation, there was post-fermentation maceration on skins the for 7 to 14 days, before pressing of the must off the skins.

The wine was aged for 12 months in French (100%) oak barrels of which 35% were new.

100% Carmenère.

Exuberant deep dark red violet. Intense and complex aromas, some ripe dark berries, blackcurrant, plums, black pepper with hints of sweet spices. Soft tannins with a firm structure. Elegant subtle spices from the maturation in oak barrels are present. The wine has a lovely texture and long persistence.

This is a truly terrific Carmenère, doubly so at the price.

£14.30

Valdivieso Valley Selection (Single Valley Lot) Chardonnay, Gran Reserva 2016 (1x75cl)

Naming note: this wine has been available under two different names, hence the bracketed title(!), despite being the same wine. It was previously badged as the Single Valley Lot, but has now joined the fleet of Valley Selection wines from Valdivieso. Technically, the new label is entitled to draw grapes from a slightly wider area of the Leyda Valley, although we believe it will make almost no noticeable change to the wine.

Well-travelled Kiwi winemaker, Brett Jackson, has settled in Chile and much of Valdivieso’s success in recent years can be credited to his talent.

Based in Lontué in the Curicó Valley, Valdivieso has a wealth of vineyards and the quality of their terroirs is best shown by their Single Valley Lot/Valley Selection and Single Vineyard wines. The whole range encapsulates everything that Chile excels at: rich, vibrant flavours and smooth, glossy textures - and the wines deserve the multitude of gongs they have picked up in recent years.

100% Chardonnay.

The vineyards are located in one of the coldest areas of the Leyda Valley. Because of this proximity to the sea, the coastal haze is more prolonged during the day exerting all the coastal influence of the valley. Under these conditions the fruit ripens slowly, maintaining its natural acidity and the delicate citrus aromas of Chardonnay.

Harvest is by hand in the first week of April. Grape bunches go through a meticulous selection and are then pressed directly. 50% of the volume is fermented in stainless steel tanks, and the other 50% is fermented in French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation is not not allowed occur, theby preserving immediate fruit and acidity. The wine is stored for 12 months in French oak barrels (50%) and stainless steel tanks (50%).

Yellow colour with green tints and slight golden reflections. Great aromatic intensity of citrus fruits, lemon and grapefruit, mixed with aromas of tropical fruits. Light toasted notes from the oak. Lively and refreshing with a long finish.

£11.55

Valdivieso Valley Selection (Single Valley Lot) Viognier, Gran Reserva 2015 (1x75cl)

Naming note: this wine has been available under two different names, hence the bracketed title(!), despite being the same wine. It was previously badged as the Single Valley Lot, but has now joined the fleet of Valley Selection wines from Valdivieso. Technically, the new label is entitled to draw grapes from a slightly wider area of the Curico Valley, although we believe it will make almost no noticeable change to the wine.

Based in Lontué in the Curicó Valley, Valdivieso has a wealth of vineyards and the quality of their terroirs is shown by their Single Valley Lot/Valley Selection and Single Vineyard wines. The whole range encapsulates everything that Chile excels at: rich, vibrant flavours and smooth, glossy textures - and the wines deserve the multitude of gongs they have picked up in recent years. Well-travelled Kiwi winemaker, Brett Jackson, has settled in Chile and much of Valdivieso’s success in recent years can be credited to his talent.

Please click the blue link below to see an excellent information sheet from Valdivieso themselves.

Valdivieso Valley Selection Viognier 2015 - fiche technique

£11.30

Valdivieso Valley Selection (Single Valley Lot) Merlot, Gran Reserva 2012 (1x75cl)

Naming note: this wine has been available under two different names, hence the bracketed title(!), despite being the same wine. It was previously badged as the Single Valley Lot, but has now joined the fleet of Valley Selection wines from Valdivieso. Technically, the new label is entitled to draw grapes from a slightly wider area of the Rapel Valley, although we believe it will make almost no noticeable change to the wine.

Well-travelled Kiwi winemaker, Brett Jackson, has settled in Chile and much of Valdivieso’s success in recent years can be credited to his talent.

The vineyards for this wine are situated in the Rapel Valley sub-region of Chile's Central Valley where the hot, dry summers allow the grapes to ripen steadily before being harvested. These conditions deliver grapes with soft and silky tannins, distinctive aromas of currants and nuts.

Bright dark red with slight violet reflections. Aroma of fresh red fruits, cherry, plum and spicy notes. Soft and elegant, with silky tannins that deliver good volume and structure. Sweet and rich plum fruit with just a small hint of spice. It is full bodied with hints of cocoa and vanilla.

This is a rich and sumptuous Merlot at an incredible price.

£11.25

Valdivieso Valley Selection (Single Valley Lot) Pinot Noir, Gran Reserva 2015 (1x75cl)

Naming note: this wine has been available under two different names, hence the bracketed title(!), despite being the same wine. It was previously badged as the Single Valley Lot, but has now joined the fleet of Valley Selection wines from Valdivieso. Technically, the new label is entitled to draw grapes from a slightly wider area of the Casablanca Valley, although we believe it will make almost no noticeable change to the wine.

Based in Lontué in the Curicó Valley, Valdivieso has a wealth of vineyards and the quality of their terroirs is shown by their Single Valley Lot/Valley Selection and Single Vineyard wines. The whole range encapsulates everything that Chile excels at: rich, vibrant flavours and smooth, glossy textures - and the wines deserve the multitude of gongs they have picked up in recent years. Well-travelled Kiwi winemaker, Brett Jackson, has settled in Chile and much of Valdivieso’s success in recent years can be credited to his talent.

Two vineyards are used in the production of this Pinot Noir:

- One is located at the northern limit of Casablanca Valley, where the valley's characteristic morning mists to disappear early. This area is warmer than the western area of Casablanca. The fruit obtained is of remarkable fruit character and soft flavors; while

- the other vineyard is located at the western limit of the valley of Casablanca. This sector is colder due to its proximity to the cold Pacific and the constant presence of morning mist. Grapes obtained in these conditions are rich in aromatics, natural acidity and structure.

Pinot Noir 100%.

Harvest is by hand in the last week of March and first week of April. Grape clusters go through a meticulous manual selection and are then gently destemmed. The fermentation takes place in open stainless steel tanks over a period of 7 to 10 days at a controlled temperature between 28° and 30°C. During the fermentation, the traditional Pinot Noir practice of pigeage ('punching down' of the pomace cap) is carried out with the objective of making a complete but careful extraction from the skins. The wine remains for 21 days in post-fermentation maceration. The wine then sees ageing for 12 months in 100% French oak barrels.

Bright cherry aromas, mingled with those of of red fruits, cassis and black cherries. Everything is perfectly integrated with elegant notes coming from the barrel-ageing. Fresh, lively, round and balanced. Of pleasant acidity with a great finish.

£12.45

Valdivieso Eclat Botrytis Semillon 2013 (1x75cl)

Viña Valdivieso dates back to 1879 when Alberto Valdivieso founded Champagne Valdivieso, the first company in Chile and South America to make sparkling wine. More than a hundred years later in the late 1980s, the company expanded in a new direction when it began commercial production of still wines - as Viña Valdivieso – at their Curicó Valley winery in Lontué. Valdivieso wines have since had a very successful career, triumphing in major world markets and achieving the highest honours in international competitions. These achievements are not an objective in themselves, but rather the result of the search for superior quality wines that are both distinctive and attractive.

Please click the blue link below to see an excellent information sheet from Valdivieso themselves.

Valdivieso Eclat Botrytis Semillon 2013 - fiche technique

Lovely honeyed grapefruit with candied lemon on the nose. Very intense on the palate with natural fruit sweetness and vibrant acidity.

£11.55

Valdivieso Brut NV (1x75cl)

Viña Valdivieso dates back to 1879 when Alberto Valdivieso founded Champagne Valdivieso, the first company in Chile and South America to make sparkling wine. More than a hundred years later in the late 1980s, the company expanded in a new direction when it began commercial production of still wines - as Viña Valdivieso – at their Curicó Valley winery in Lontué. Valdivieso wines have since had a very successful career, triumphing in major world markets and achieving the highest honours in international competitions. These achievements are not an objective in themselves, but rather the result of the search for superior quality wines that are both distinctive and attractive.

This is an excellent, great-value Pinot Noir/Chardonnay blend (much beloved of Champagne and traditional method, New World sparkling wines), but made using the more affordable tank/Charmat/Martinotti method, which preserves pure frut character. Unusually for tank method sparklings, this wine also features some brioche/pasty notes from the use of stirring/battonage/paddles during the second fermentation.

Please click the blue link below to see an excellent information sheet from Valdivieso themselves.

Valdivieso Brut NV - fiche technique

Pale yellow color with green hues and elegant effervescence. Fresh and fruity aromas outlined by green apple, toasted almonds and floral notes. Opens nicely with intense fruit flavors. Round and balanced in the mouth with a fresh and lively acidity.

£10.75
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