OENOFOROS Product Details 0017 Oenoforos Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2017
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Country: Chille, Aconcagua Valley, Coast.
Grape Varieties: Chardonnay 100%
Vineyards: The vineyards that produces Montes Alpha Chardonnay are located in the Casablanca region. The proximity of the Pacific Ocean and strong influence of sea breezes provide ideal conditions for the Chardonnay grapes to ripen slowly and completely. The soil is varied, ranging from sandy to clay-loam; this lends added complexity to a wine, that shows pronounced cool-climate typicity, and an impressive aromatic palate. The most important clones used are Dijon 76, which contributes tropical fruit and citrus notes, and clone 95, which lends significant body on the palate thanks to the highly concentrated grapes it produces. All the vineyards are Vertical Shoot Position trellised and drip irrigated. Yields are usually less than 9,000 kg/hectare, with bunches that are evenly distributed among the vines, which allows very good ventilation and excellent health.

Harvest Period: 30th March-22nd April: The 2016–2017 season can summed up as intense. In terms of water availability, the winter was slightly drier than in previous years. Spring frosts in the colder areas of the valley lasted up to four consecutive days, which affected the development of buds, shoots, and subsequently bunches, to some degree. Furthermore, scant rainfall and above-average temperatures reduced fruit set and ultimately resulted in lower yields. The summer was hot, which affected the ripening somewhat and caused an early increase in sugar levels, although there was no significant drop in natural acidity or rise in pH. Proper canopy management enabled us to preserve the typical varietal aromas from the skins. There were no untoward weather events during the entire ripening and harvest periods, so the fruit produced was very good quality, in smaller bunches, showing excellent physical-chemical and taste characteristics.

Vinification: The grapes were hand-picked into 300-kg containers during the early hours of the morning, so that the grapes reached the winery at the coolest temperature possible. Upon arrival, the bunches were carefully hand-selected. Grapes for this Chardonnay were processed in three different ways: whole-cluster pressed; destemmed and pressed; or cold-macerated for a few hours. The three techniques have different objectives that help us tinker with the aromatic extraction from the skins and the structure we want on the palate. However obtained, the juice is decanted, to obtain cleaner must, in a static decantation tank. It is left for 24–48 hours, before being racked to its final tank for alcoholic fermentation. The must is then inoculated with cereviceae yeast to start fermentation, which lasts approximately 25 days at 13˚–14˚C. About 35% of the components of the final blend are fermented in barrels with differing degrees of toast. Once fermentation is complete, 75% of the new wine is sulphited to stop any yeast activity and protect against oxidation. The remaining (unsulphited) portion receives lactic acid bacteria for malolactic fermentation (transforming malic acid to lactic acid). This portion will help us obtain smoother wines with greater body and aromatic complexity. The wine is then protein- and tartaric-stabilized to ensure it remains healthy, and keeps its optimal appearance in the bottle. Before being bottled it is also lightly filtered through sterile membrane filters for greater microbiological safety and stability in the bottle.

Tasting Notes: Brilliant, pale golden-yellow in colour, with an elegant nose full of ripe tropical fruit notes, such as pineapple, cherimoya, and mango, complemented by a touch of pear and apricot. Floral notes mingle very well with light, toasty, hazelnut-like aromas. Hints of asparagus and artichoke heart, show its cool-coastal character. Refreshing, natural acidity pairs with generous body to provide a well-rounded palate, and a lovely finish.

Food Pairing: White Meat. Fish, Pasta, Sea Food, Sushi, Cheese, Salads
Product Id: 0017


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The Grape
Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay`s spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvelous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.