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Aquitania SOLdeSOL Chardonnay 2009

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91 Pts. Robert Parker

Viña Aquitania wines are produced by two well known Bordeaux agronomists and oenologists, Bruno Prats (Cos d’Estournell) and Paul Pontallier (Château Margaux), with their friend Felipe de Solminihac, one of Chile’s most recognised winemakers. In 2003, Ghislainde Montgolfier, owner of Champagne Bollinger, joined the group. This Chardonnay has intense aromas of citrus fruits and toasted hazelnut with a mineral touch. On the palate, great varietal fruit intensity is enhanced by excellent acidity. The aftertaste lingers with mineral and fruity notes mixed with hints from the French oak. The balance between alcohol and acidity is impressive and gives this wine a freshness, length and ageing potential not commonly found in white Chilean wines. 

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Food MatchingIdeal to pair with oysters, salmon and crabs. 

Vineyard: Fundo Malalco, Malleco Valley – Traiguén, Chile
Age of the Vineyard: Vines planted in 1993
Time of Harvest: 2nd May 2009
Altitude: 250 metres above sea level

Harvest Method: Manual harvest in small 10kg boxes. The grapes were transported at night by truck to the Viña Aquitania winery in Santiago. The low night temperatures allowed the perfect transport conditions.
Winemaking: Fermentation occurred in French oak (15% new, 85% one- and two-year-old barrels). After the first fermentation, part of the harvest underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was then aged for 8 months in French oak barrels with lees stirring twice a week and no racking.
Winemaker: Felipe de Solminihac, Bruno Prats, Paul Pontallier and Ghislain de Montgolfiera

Alcohol: 13.0% vol.
Volume: 750 ml
Residual sugars: 1.69 gr/litre
Standard Drinks: 7.7
Peak drinking: 2009-2019
Best Served: 10°C
Ageing: 8 months in French oak barrels with lees stirring twice a week and no racking