Tabalí Tabalí Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2007 Wine Review
Tabalí Tabalí Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2007
Limari Valley, Chile
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Bottle size: 750 ml
Natalie's Score: 88/100
Round and rich with lovely notes of green apple, toast and hazelnut. Balanced and satisfying.
This Tabalí Tabalí Reserva Especial Chardonnay 2007 was reviewed on December 5, 2009 by Natalie MacLean
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The wine was aged for 9 month in 100% French oak.
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.
• 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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