See here for our video tasting of this intriguing and excellent cool-climate Chardonnay.
Awarded 96 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2021 edition expert review of South American Chardonnays (see blue link below for the review).
Vina Tabali, Talinay Vineyard Chardonnay 2020 - June 2021 Decanter review
The 2018 vintage was awarded a high 17.5 points (of 20) on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages (www.JancisRobinson.com) - reviewer Ferran Centelles - in May 2020 (see blue link below).
Viña Tabali Talinay Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 - jancisrobinson.com May 2020 review
Exel note: this is a cool-climate Chardonnay. See the video tastings and review above. Fans of Chablis will know what they are getting into: citric favours, major dryness and very high acidity. As the video tasting explains, this has a little more fruit warmth/ripeness than many Chablis. But don't go expecting Pouilly-Fuisse or Napa-style warmth. This is for the Chardonnay fan who likes some serious crackle and zing.
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 produces 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 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 10 months with daily battonage in order to enhance the volume, quality and character of the wine.
For more detail, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Vina Tabali, Talinay Vineyard Chardonnay 2020 - fiche technique
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.