Climate: Colchagua runs East-West towards the Pacific, giving the valley a cooling influence with an abundance of good airflow off the ocean, moderating the temperature swing from day to night.
Soil: Limestone and volcanic. Tremendous altitude swings with grapes planted as high as 3000 meters above sealevel.
Aspect: In Chile, Colchagua is the go-to region for good Chardonnay, and here we were able to achieve the best balance by using wines that were aged only in steel tanks (no oak barrels). In 2010 we added a dash of Semillon to flesh out the texture of the wine and to reinforce that sense of bright crisp fruit. In 2011, we replaced that dash with a grape called Moscatel to maintain that sense of freshness and brightness and also add depth of flavor and texture.
The grapes were handpicked, crushed, and gently pressed into stainless steel tanks. The fermentation commenced immediately. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation in tank and was racked off of gross lees to stainless steel for ageing. There was no lees stirring and reductive measures were employed to preserve freshness. The wine was fined and filtered before bottling.
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