2012 Bodegas RE Chardonnoir, Casablanca Valley

2012 Bodegas RE Chardonnoir, Casablanca Valley

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2012 Bodegas RE Chardonnoir, Casablanca Valley

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Bodegas RE is one of the most creative wineries we know and winemaker Pablo Morandé is at the forefront of the Chilean scene. His underground winery uses ultra-modern concrete eggs alongside resolutely ancient buried clay pots, splicing winemaking techniques of the past and present with ease.

One of our favourite experimental wines to come out of RE is its Chardonnoir, which, as the name implies, is a blend of the two principal Champagne grapes, and is a nod to the famous style of sparkling. The varietals are fermented separately and remain on the lees for around two years. The result? ”An incredible white wine,” says Catriona Felstead MW, our buyer for the region. A zingy palate of pink grapefruit, peach and nectarine leads to a gorgeous, mineral finish with amazing length. The subtle oak is harmonious integrated; this is a pure, complete wine.
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Bodegas RE

Bodegas RE

Bodegas RE is pushing the boundaries in Chile. This is a new, constantly evolving project with ‘experiments’ being worked on every year and wines being kept back until they are ready.  RE refers to the winery’s concept of REcreating, REinventing, REdiscovering…
 
It was set up in 2012 by Casablancan pioneer Pablo Morande and his son (also Pablo). The Morande family are very well known throughout Chile: the young Pablo is a 9th generation winemaker and, despite  Pablo Senior having  made a name for himself in the early 1980s in Casablanca (with Morande and Concha y Toro), their family roots have been established firmly in the Maule valley since the early 1800’s.
 
Maule is a hot area with a brightness that is apparent, however due to the short ripening period the wines manage to retain a high acidity. During the summer with temperatures reaching 36 degrees, special attention is required when picking.  Its red clay soils are largely rain fed with no irrigation, and unlike Casablanca, they are not affected by frost. The vineyards are planted on rolling hills at around 200m altitude, producing low yields of around 6-8 tonnes.
 
Bodegas RE’s winery and significant vineyard holdings are located in Casablanca, but they also have 72 ha of vines 450km away in Loncomilla in the Maule Valley. The winery is impressive with old terracotta amphorae of different sizes and ages, 12, 000 litre cement tanks coated on the outside with clay to make them look like large amphorae, as well as Italian ‘botti’ and American barriques… all highlighting the experimental nature of what is happening here.
 
These wines highlight the huge potential of the Maule Valley and the bodega manages to achieve an exciting balance of traditional and new practices. A wide variety of grape varieties are planted and dry farming is adopted, giving their old Carignan vines (70 years +) a refinement but a concentration on the mid-palate that some Carignans lack.  

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Casablanca Valley

Casablanca Valley

Casablanca valley is located approximately 1 hour west of Santiago, south of Aconcagua and north of San Antonio Valley, well-exposed to the cool Pacific ocean breezes. It is Chile's first cool-climate wine producing region, with an internationally established reputation since the early 1990s for its arresting, vibrant, mouth-watering white wines, made predominantly from Chardonnay (over 75%) and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as Viogner and Riesling, exotically perfumed and richly flavoured.

Early morning fog (the result of the Pacific's icy Humboldt current) keeps temperatures low and adds moisture in an otherwise dry terrain. Midday breezes clear the fog, allowing the sunshine to reach and ripen the grapes.

A host of producers tend nearly 4,000 hectares of vines in the valley, which offers a myriad of microclimates. The higher, warmer, frost-free sections are suitable for red varieties like Merlot and Carmenere, while the lower, cooler areas produce excellent fruit for cool-climate grapes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir.

In acknowledgment of certain similarities between Casablanca and California's Napa Valley, the two valleys signed a viticultural alliance in 2002.


Recommended producer: De Martino

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Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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The 2012 Chardonnoir is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir vinified in white, and the rest Chardonnay. The idea here was to show the base of a sparkling wine and to explain how a red grape can produce a white wine with elegance and volume, and to get away from Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay as almost the only source of whites in Chile. The Pinot Noir is pressed and fermented in French barrels, the same as the Chardonnay, but separately. It has a nose of chalk and orange rind intermixed with notes of nuts, a medium to full-bodied palate with high acidity (no malolactic) and a sharp texture, very good for the dining table. Drink now-2016.
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