Undurraga T.H. Chardonnay Limari 2017
- Rich, full
- Limarí Valley
There’s never any shortage of revolutions in the wine world. Grapes, regions, winemakers and styles take the world by storm, one after the other. First it was Cali cabernet, then NZ sav blanc. You know the story.
Chile’s had a quieter revolution, though. They’ve been quietly upping their game, year after year, and making some stunning wines. Time for them to get the recognition they deserve. This chardy is fleshy and full, but showcases tasteful restraint in the winemaking. Zippy acidity steers the palate to considerable freshness and highlights the beautiful fruit purity on display. The finish is soft and softly creamy, leaving you immediately keen for another sip.
The Wine Advocate
“The 2017 T.H. Chardonnay Limarí comes from a warm and dry year especially when compared with 2016. This was produced with grapes from Quebrada Seca in Limarí, the same as in previous years. It fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete eggs (75%) and French oak barrels (25%) where the wines matured for 10 months before blending. It has a varietal nose with nuanced complexity and added spice and smoke from the part in contact with oak that's a bit leesy/funky and adds character. Fermentation lasted one and a half months, and the lees are in constant movement—according to winemaker Rafael Urrejola, this is one of the results of native fermentation. They are reducing the proportion of wine that goes into oak. The palate is tender, the acidity integrated and the mouthfeel rounder, despite having harvested very early given the warm year. 8,000 bottles were filled in June 2018.”
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- Limarí Valley
- Alcohol by Vol.
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- Blend Info
- 100% Chardonnay
- Serving Temp.
This valley is a wondrous anomaly of nature, as close to the equator as Egypt but with a climate similar to Marlborough, New Zealand, because Chile has a few tricks up its sleeve, including the height of the Andes and the icy Humboldt current, giving rise to cool, moisture-laden morning fogs. While much of the region grows fantastic Pisco (get amongst it), there's also pockets of delightfully fragrant and elegant chardonnay, syrah and carménère, up there with the best.