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Casa Marín Estero Vineyard Sauvignon Gris 2012

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92 Pts. Wine & Spirits

92 Pts. Descorchados

Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Gris
Tasting NotesHeady, smoky aromas with firm and zesty flavours full of character and body. The balance of oak is very well balanced. Some minerality but without the greenness and asparagus of a Sauvignon Blanc. 

Vineyard: Estero Vineyard, Lo Abarca – San Antonio Valley, Chile.
Age of the Vineyard: Vines planted in December 1999/beginning of 2000  
Time of Harvest: Last week of March and first week of April
Altitude: 100 metres above sea level   

Harvest MethodGrapes were handpicked in last week of March and first week of April. Timing is very important for this variety; one day too early or late will be reflected in the final wine.
WinemakingGrapes were sorted by hand, leaving behind unwanted green materials. The must was cold macerated for 18 hours then gently pressed for 3 hours. The juice was chilled down to 5°C and then racked off the lees. 70% of the wine experienced spontaneous malolactic fermentation at 15°-18°C in 500 litre French oak barrels. After fermentation the lees were stirred for couple weeks. The other 30% fermented in stainless steel tanks with Anchor yeast. No acid addition or fining products.
Winemaker: Maria Luz Marín and Felipe Marín 

Alcohol: 13.5% vol.
Volume: 750 ml 
Residual sugars: 5.93 gr/litre
Standard Drinks: 8.0
Peak drinking2014-2015
Best Served: 10°-12°C 
Ageing70% aged in 500 litre French oak barrels