2017 Viña Aquitania SOL de SOL Chardonnay “Malleco Valley”, Chile

2017 Viña Aquitania SOL de SOL Chardonnay “Malleco Valley”, Chile

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Description

Sol de Sol is made at Viña Aquitania, but the vineyard is located in Chile’s southern Malleco Valley. After tasting impressive cool-climate wines in New Zealand, Felipe de Solminihac wondered why they couldn’t also plant vines in the unexplored south of Chile. In 1993, he pioneered the Malleco Valley with his first vines of Chardonnay, and today Sol de Sol has grown to be the benchmark for both cool climate, age-worthy Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Chile.

Viña Aquitania is a partnership between Felipe de Solminihac, Bruno Prats (Chateau Cos d’Estournel), Ghislain de Montgolfier (Bollinger Champagne) and the late Paul Pontallier (Chateau Margaux). Their winery is based in Santiago’s Maipo Valley.

From Felipe’s 20-year old original test vineyard in Traiguen (Malleco Valley), these grapes were harvested late in the season due to the cold climate. Yields were less than 2.5 tons per acre. The grapes were pressed as whole clusters and 10% goes through malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged for nine months in French oak.

Bright yellow color.  Intense aromas of citric fruit and grilled hazelnut with a mineral touch. On the palate, great varietal fruit intensity is enhanced by excellent acidity. The aftertaste lingers with mineral and fruity notes mixed with hints of French oak. The balance between alcohol and acidity is impressive and gives this wine a freshness, a length, and an aging potential not commonly found in white Chilean wines.

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