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Viña Quintay Clava Coastal Reserve Chardonnay 2014

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90 Pts - James Suckling

Showcasing the very best of their region, the Clava Reserve wines focus on displaying the optimal purity of the fruit. Only the most premium grapes from a selection of prominent vineyards are used to ensure a wine of the very best quality. Typically rich and fruit-driven with ample weight, concentration, and intensity of avor, these wines are designed to benchmark the vintage and region from which they come, while displaying the pure characteristics of the variety. Pale golden yellow in colour, this Chardonnay has delicate fruity aromas such as peach, a touch of lemon skin and dried flowers like chamomile. It is elegant with mineral characteristics due to the influence of the Pacific Ocean and varietal characteristics of the grape. It has a very balanced acidity and fresh finish.  

Food Matching: Ideal as an aperitif and/or to drink with fresh dishes such as salads. 

Grape Variety100% Chardonnay 

Region: Casablanca Valley, Chile
VineyardSituated in Casablanca Valley and sub valley Tapihue
Age of the Vineyard: 10 years
Time of Harvest: Between 20 March and 3 April
Altitude: 250m  

Harvest Method: Hand harvest
Viticulture & WinemakingThe fruit used for our Chardonnay Clava 2014 comes from two areas located in the highest part of the sub-valley of Tapihue within the Casablanca Valley. Given the microclimate of the area, this variety develops an ideal maturing rhythm, thus expressing its full fruit and mineral character. The clones used to make this wine are 76 and 95. The other vineyard is planted on a hilly slope facing south (clone 95). The weather and the topography of these areas help to give the identity to these two components. Each sector was harvested independently by hand, grapes were taken to the winery, cooled down and then selected manually with the aim to use only the fruit in perfect condition. The grapes from each plot were vinied separately and were pressed with whole bunch intact. The juice extracted from each press was decanted to adjust its cloudiness to medium levels to allow a clean fermentation, but at the same time with the necessary nutrients in order to have an adequate fermentation by the yeast, which happens at low controlled temperatures. The fermentations were done in stainless steel tanks and with different yeasts to give complexity to the final mix. Once the alcoholic fermentation was finished some sulphate was added in low doses and then the juice was decanted from the thick sediments. This started the stage of contact with the sediments which lasted for 4 months. Before bottling the wine went through a cold stabilizing process and flltration, in order to maintain its physico-chemical state over time and to ensure the preservation of its aromas and flavours in the bottle.
Oak Treatment: No oak.  
Winemaker: Paula Cárdenas 

Alcohol: 14% vol.
Volume: 750ml
Residual sugar: 1.3 gr/litre
Standard Drinks: 7.7
Best Served: 10°
Cellaring:  Ready to drink now or within a few years.