Echeverria Chardonnay Reserva – Unwooded
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The Vineyards at Viña Echeverría are located in the Curicó Valley, at the 35th parallel south, and the rows are planted in an east-westerly direction to potentiate the sun’s exposure.
- Echeverria works with a model of micro viticulture, which means that each plot, no more than half a hectare, is identified according to its terroir and microclimate and planted, pruned, irrigated and harvested accordingly, resulting in grapes of optimum quality and flavor.
- Chardonnay proprietor´s single vineyard grapes, from ungrafted selected clones of pre-phylloxera French rootstock, and 3% Viognier.
Varietal Composition: 97% Chardonnay 3% Viognier
Elaboration: Hand-picked in 18kg boxes and carried to the winery immediately after cutting. Carefully selected before processing. Destemmed and chilled to 8°C. Direct pneumatic pressing. 24 to 48 hours of static sedimentation at 8-10°C prior to fermentation. 30% of the blend undergoes cold maceration for 18 hours to enhance fruit flavors. Fermented in stainless steel tanks at 14-18°C constant temperature for 25 days with selected yeasts. Stored in steel tanks for 6 weeks with continuous stirring of the lees with selected enzymes. Blended with Viognier wine after fermentation. Stored in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks through bottling
Tasting Notes: Bright yellow with golden hues. Fresh and juicy, this delicate Chardonnay expresses aromas of pineapples, melon and peach combined with exquisite citrus notes. The palate is silky and vibrant with a long and mouthwatering finish.
The Echeverría family came to Chile in the 1750s, from a little town called Amezqueta in the Basque region of Spain. They established agricultural properties just north of Santiago, where they planted vineyards, among other crops. Over time vineyard holdings have grown to 65 hectares, and Viña Echeverría remains a family-owned and managed estate winery, occupying the same location for as long as anyone can remember. Family owned wineries are, as we know, not at all the norm in Chile. This sets Echeverria apart and it shows in the personality of their finished wines. Roberto Echeverría Jr continues to lead all activities here and if you get the chance to meet him make sure you do so!