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Lanya Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (1x75cl)

Essentially the same wine as the Primera Luz SB.

Lanya is produced by Viñedos Puertas, a family-run business founded in 1950. The vineyard is comprised of 80 hectares of fields irrigated by water flowing down from the Andes Mountains, and a winery known as El Milagro, located at the heart of the Curico Valley. The wines embody the character of the region, and display brilliant freshness.

The grapes were picked between mid February and mid March. After de-stemming and pressing the, juice was chilled and settled overnight in stainless steel tanks. After racking off the settled solid, the juice was inoculated with a cultured yeast and fermented at a cool 12 - 16 degrees Celsius to retain the fresh and delicate varietal characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc.

Sauvignon Blanc 100%.

Pale straw yellow in colour. Aromas of lime and grapefruit core, surrounded by passion fruit notes. Crisp and juicy in the palate, with lime, pear and herbal flavours in delicate balance, with a soft finish.

ABV = 12.5%.

£7.55

Valdivieso Single Vineyard Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (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.

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.

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.

100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Brilliant light yellow color with green hues. Intense aromatic profile, savory with a distinctive mineral character. Full bodied, with a tight acid structure. Very flavoursome earth and spice, complementing the mineral character of this wine. Long elegant finish. Valdivieso Wild Fermented Sauvignon Blanc pairs very well with grilled fish, tuna tartar, fresh shellfish or any light pasta dishes. 

Enjoy the concentration now or cellar for up to 6 years.

ABV = 13.0%.

£15.50

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 to occur, thereby preserving immediate fruit and acidity. The wine is stored for 12 months in French oak barrels (50%) and stainless steel tanks (50%).

Attractive and brilliant yellow green colour. Intense aromatic profile, pineapples, lemon rind and grapefruit with soft vanilla notes. Lively, crisp and refreshing acidity with citric flavours, full bodied, and a long, ripe finish. 

ABV = 14.0%.

£12.20

Valdivieso Valley Selection (Single Valley Lot) Viognier, Gran Reserva 2018 (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

Viognier 100%.

ABV = 14.0%.

£12.30

Vina Leyda La Neblina Riesling 2019 (1x75cl)

The 2018 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2019 edition panel tasting of Alternative South American Whites (see blue link below).

Viña Leyda La Neblina Riesling 2018  - October 2019 Decanter review

The 2015 vintage (long since sold out in the UK) was awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in that same panel (blue link below).

Viña Leyda La Neblina Riesling 2015  - October 2019 Decanter review

The 2015 vintage was awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their June 2019 tasting/article of/on Top 30 Chilean Wines Under £25 (see blue link below).

Viña Leyda La Neblina Riesling 2015 - June 2019 Decanter review

Few wineries encapsulate the development of coolclimate winemaking in Chile as well as pioneering Viña Leyda. The first producer to explore this coastal area, a rising star of New World winemaking, it took its name from the local railway station and later lent it to the entire DO of Leyda Valley. If Casablanca Valley represents Chile’s first tentative steps into cool-climate production, Leyda is a series of determined, confident strides: just 14km from the Pacific, the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah planted here express a crispness, minerality and fine-boned structure not found elsewhere in Chile’s viticultural paradise. Viña Leyda now has more than 200 hectares under vine, but the approach remains one of micromanagement, with detailed mapping of each vineyard and individual lot, and constant experimentation with clonal selection and viticultural techniques.

This 100% Riesling wine comes from vineyards located in the fairly-recently-discovered Leyda Valley, located 12 km from the Pacific Ocean. Its closeness to the sea makes it a unique spot for viticulture. Its cool conditions during spring and summer due to maritime influence and summer breezes makes it an extraordinary area for the development of white varieties such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling.

These grapes were carefully transported to the winery in 400 kg bins and then, selected on a stainless steel sorting table, leaving only the best fruit. Then the clusters were pressed as whole bunches, in pneumatic press at low bars, separating the best quality juice. The juice was chilled down to 8º C and gravity clarified. The fermentation, carried out 100% in stainless steel tank, was at low temperatures (13-14°C, finishing at 16°C) for 18-20 days. After reaching dryness, the wine was left on its lees for 6 months to achieve roundness and improve the texture in the palate.

The pureness of this Riesling is shown in its floral, fruity and delightful flavours. They are elegant, mineral, expressive, with papaya, tangy, mandarin fruit and floral hints. It has a creamy texture on the palate, with sweet honey suckle, white fruit, crisp acidity and juicy-lingering ending.

£14.05

Vina Tabali Talinay Vineyard Chardonnay 2017 (1x75cl)

SEE ALSO THE TALINAY PINOT NOIR AND SAUVIGNON BLANC. **

The new (but not-likely-to-be-in-the-UK for some time) 2018 vintage was awarded a high 17.5 points (of 20) on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (www.JancisRobinson.comreviewer Ferran Centelles - in May 2020 (see blue link below).

Viña Tabali Talinay Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 - jancisrobinson.com May 2020 review

Established in 2002, (Viña) Tabalí is a pioneer and iconic winery situated in Limarí, on the edge of the Atacama Desert in one of the northernmost vineyard regions of Chile. They were one of the first wineries to settle in Limarí and their wines faithfully reflect their place of origin in which climate and soils play a fundamental role, and bring out the potential of each of their vineyards.

See this video (~4 mins - may take a short while to download) for a beautiful snapshot of what Tabali are about.

After years of geological research, Tabalí is the only winery that producers wines that cross Chile from east to west in the same valley, from their incredibly high and remote site of Roca Madre (second highest vineyard in Chile) in the Andes Mountains' Rio Hurtado area down to their cool climate, Camanchaca fog-blanketed vineyards by the Pacific Ocean. In their quest for the perfection, they now also have a site in the renowned Cabernet and Merlot region of Maipo Valley. The result is a range of truly distinctive wines with elegance, restraint and minerality. In 2014, winemaker Felipe Müller was named Chilean Young Winemaker of the Year and acclaimed for his ability to understand Tabali´s distinctive terroir and use it to create remarkable wines, unique to Chile.

The vineyards are located just 12 km from the Pacific Ocean, hidden away in a small valley of Limarí. This unique location provides truly excellent conditions for cool climate viticulture and is the only vineyard site in Chile to be planted over pure chalky limestone soil – producing elegant and refined wines. The constant breeze that drifts from the ocean and over the vines creates the coolest vineyards in Limarí. Maximum average temperatures in the summer months never go above 23.5°C so the harvest is 2-3 weeks later than other Chilean coastal regions.

The small grapes were gently ripened by the cool summer days, freshened by the coastal breeze and "irrigated" by the local autumn mist, the famous Camanchaca. Proximity to the Atacama desert means that the vineyard is virtually rot and disease free. The fruit was hand picked in the second week in April and underwent a careful bunch selection by the viticulture team. Fermentation took place in French oak barrels. The wine was then aged for 11 months with daily battonage in order to enhance the volume, quality and character of the wine.

100% Chardonnay. 

The nose shows the unique mineral character of the Talinay terroir along with citrus and tropical fruit notes. Thanks to the perfect phenolic ripeness of the grapes there is balance of freshness and fullness with a boney mineral character from the Talinay chalk. The wine finishes with a sappy tang reminiscent of a ripe Chablis. Pairs well with roast chicken, creamy fish and pasta dishes.

ABV = 13.5%. 

£17.15

Vina Tabalí Talinay Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (1x75cl)

SEE ALSO THE TALINAY PINOT NOIR AND CHARDONNAY. **

The new (but not-likely-to-be-in-the-UK for some time) 2018 vintage was awarded a very high 18.5 points (of 20) on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (www.JancisRobinson.comreviewer Ferran Centelles - in May 2020 (see blue link below).

Viña Tabali Talinay Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018 - jancisrobinson.com May 2020 review

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Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 panel review of South American Sauvignon Blanc.

Tabalí Talinay Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2017 - October 2018 Decanter review

Established in 2002, (Viña) Tabalí is a pioneer and iconic winery situated in Limarí, on the edge of the Atacama Desert in one of the northernmost vineyard regions of Chile. They were one of the first wineries to settle in Limarí and their wines faithfully reflect their place of origin in which climate and soils play a fundamental role, and bring out the potential of each of their vineyards.

See this video (~4 mins - may take a short while to download) for a beautiful snapshot of what Tabali are about.

After years of geological research, Tabalí is the only winery that producers wines that cross Chile from east to west in the same valley, from their incredibly high and remote site of Roca Madre (second highest vineyard in Chile) in the Andes Mountains' Rio Hurtado area down to their cool climate, Camanchaca fog-blanketed vineyards by the Pacific Ocean. In their quest for the perfection, they now also have a site in the renowned Cabernet and Merlot region of Maipo Valley. The result is a range of truly distinctive wines with elegance, restraint and minerality. In 2014, winemaker Felipe Müller was named Chilean Young Winemaker of the Year and acclaimed for his ability to understand Tabali´s distinctive terroir and use it to create remarkable wines, unique to Chile.

The Talinay vineyard is located just 12 km from the Pacific Ocean, hidden away in a small side-valley of Limari. This unique location provides truly excellent conditions for cool-climate viticulture and is (believed to be) the only vineyard site in Chile to be planted over pure chalk/limestone soil – producing elegant and refined wines. The constant breeze that drifts from the ocean and over the vines creates the coolest vineyards in Limari. Proximity to the dry Atacama desert ensures the vines are virtually rot and disease free. Maximum average temperatures in the summer months never go above 23.5°C which in terms of picking means 2 or 3 weeks later than other Chilean coastal regions. The small grapes were gently ripened by the cool summer days, freshened by the coastal breeze and the local autumn mist, the famous Camanchaca.

The vineyards are planted in calcareous soils where the rock is limestone. This is a place with a geological phenomenon that is unique in Chile and that gives a very particular characteristic to the wines. This has come about because it is an ancient marine terrace that is now on the surface. It has a very porous, fractured limestone soil, which enables the roots to easily explore the rock, which in turn acts as a hydric regulator and an extraordinary source of calcium carbonate. This mineral has a significant effect on the quality of the great wines produced in some of the world's most famous wine regions.

The harvest began on the 10th of March. The clusters were then subject to a careful selection process. Different methods were used to produce small quantities of concentrated, high-quality grapes. The fermentation took place in small stainless steel tanks at very low temperatures (11°C-13°C) in order to retain all the freshness and fruit flavours and aromas in the wine.

Sauvignon Blanc 100%.

This Sauvignon Blanc shows the unique character of the Talinay terroir. On the nose, it displays intense herbaceous notes with gentle elderflower. The palate has striking acidity and clean flavours of lime, lemon and nettle. The nerve of acidity is complimented by the minerality that comes from the pure limestone soils.

ABV = 13.5%.

£14.75
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