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Tabalí Tabalí Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2007 Wine Review

Tabalí Tabalí Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2007

Tabalí  Tabalí Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2007

Limari Valley, Chile

Community Score: 4.4/5

Community Reviews: 1

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Price: $18.95

Drink: 2009-2011

Bottle size: 750 ml



 

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Dry

Wine Type: White Wine


Winery: Tabalí

Agent: Connexion Oenophilia

Product: 663005

More Vintages: 2008   Add New Vintage

Natalie's Score: 88/100

Round and rich with lovely notes of green apple, toast and hazelnut. Balanced and satisfying.

This was reviewed December 5, 2009 by

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ORIGIN
This wine was made entirely from grapes of our own vineyard located in the coastal area of the Limarí Valley in the north of Chile.

VINEYARD
The vines are planted in the oldest alluvial terrace of the Limarí river, the soil profile is a mix a gravels of different sizes, clay and sand with high concentrations of active calcium carbonates (limestone) and different type of salts, due to the very little amount of rainfall per year (70 – 100 mm) in the area. This geological condition makes this place unique in Chile in terms of the soil formation and composition.

CLIMATE
The vineyards are planted 29 kms from the Pacific Ocean, which has a great influence on the temperatures of the area due to the strong breezes that every day get into the continent, cooling the area and making it very suitable for grape growing, plus a spectacular phitosanitary conditions of the grape because of the absence of rain during the harvest season, makes this place a paradise for vines and good quality grape.

PRODUCTION
From the pruning to the harvest, every single work done in the vineyard has gone under the careful supervision of the viticulture and winemaking team in order to produce the best quality of fruit possible.
The fruit was handpicked and them placed in 20 kg cases so there is no breakage of the grapes, the picking started end of March, at its optimal aromatic and phenolic maturity, then underwent through a very careful selection of bunches. The fermentation was done in French oak barrels were the were kept with batonage until the bottling.

AGEING
The wine was aged for 9 month in 100% French oak.

TASTING NOTES
Yellow colour with green hints. Amazingly fresh, intense and complex, with nice mineral aromas plus some citric and fresh pineapple on the nose with a slight touch of french oak that adds more complexity to the wine. Full bodied, nice acidity and freshness in the palate again with a mineral touch and salty taste at the end. Very long and pleasant finish.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
• Winemaker: Felipe Müller
• Varieties: Chardonnay (100%)
• Origin: Block 11.
• Harvest: end of March and first week of April.
• Plants per hectare: 4.000
• Kilos per plant: 1,5 kgs.
• PH: 3,29
• Total Acidity: 6,68
• Residual Sugar (g/l): 2,1

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