Marques De Casa Concha Chardonnay 2018
Marques de Casa Concha wines embody Concha y Toro’s culture and tradition in the art of winemaking. The brand was launched in 1976, in honour of the noble title conferred upon the Concha y Toro family in 1718 by King Felipe V of Spain. Winemaker Marcelo Papa produces a line of noble and traditional Chilean wines that fully encompasses the country’s diversity by carefully selecting the most suitable vineyard locations for each individual varietal to thrive. The use of a variety of small oak barrels from some of the best cooperages in France allows Marcelo to achieve an elegant and harmonious style of wines, which soften beautifully with age.
Bright and light yellow in colour. Rich and concentrated aromas of white pear, fig, mineral notes and toasty hazelnut waft from the glass. Elegant and vibrant, this full-bodied wine possesses a distinct minerality and a core flavour of ripe figs and pear. The fruity and mineral flavours are complemented by sweet vanilla toasty notes. A silky mouthfeel with crisp acidity and a long, memorable finish.
At the edges of the Atacama Desert, one of the driest places on Earth, the Limarí Valley is at the outer limit of wine production in Chile. Despite the extreme conditions, it is a paradise for grape production. The Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay is from a single vineyard on the south bank of the Limarí River, Quebrada Seca Vineyard. Located close to the Pacific Ocean, the weather is cool with a significant drop in temperature after sunset. The grapes are harvested by hand and vinified in the Puente Alto Cellar. Upon reaching the cellar, the bunches were whole cluster pressed for controlled and delicate extraction. Fermentation took place in oak vats over 12–15 days. Just 5% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in French Burgundian oak barriques for 12 months with periodic battonage (lees stirring). Finally, the wine was fined with adjusted doses of bentonite and cold stabilised prior to bottling.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
This is a fantastic chardonnay with impressive complexity.
– 90 POINTS
Clean white-fruit aromas show nice lift on the nose, while this Limarí Chardonnay smells faintly smoky and toasty. A textural body is medium to full in size, while light oak notes accent flavors of melon and green banana. A steady finish confirms the relative high quality of this oak-aged Chardonnay.