Time is running by way too quickly and I really need to keep pace with the studying now that the exams are a short few months away. So let’s leave Chile behind… was going to review a beautiful Casablaca Valley Sauv Blanc but will leave that for now and head on over to Argentina next. But before I go… THE DAMN FLASHCARDS.
Chile’s natural advantages: Geography has the country isolated; good barrier against pests and diseases. Climate zones very adventageous for vine growing. Variety of climates means Chile can do a wide range of different wines very well, from cool climate whites to robust reds. No phylloxera means “pure”, ungrafted vines and best expression of the grapes – “varietal precision”. Also, winemakers have embraced modern techiques and tools, for instance, replacing old rauli vats with French oak barrels.
The official regions: Atacama, Coquimbo, Coastal, Central Valley, Southern Region.
The Valleys: From north to south: Limari, Aconcagua, Casablanca, Maipo, Rapel (includes Cachapoal and Colchagua), Maule (includes Curico), Itata, Bio Bio.
Main Whites (2007): Sauvignon Blanc, Chard, Moscatel of Alexamdrian, Riesling, Viognier, Gewurztraminer
Main Reds (2007): Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cab Franc, Malbec. (Pais is still widely cultivated, but used to create unexciting and inexpensive wines that are enjoyed locally and not exported.)
Wine Laws: Created in 1995. If region, grape or vintage is stated, at least 75% of the content must be what’s stated.
2004 Berlin Tasting: Errazuriz 2000 Vinedo Chadwick, Maipo Valley beat out classic Bordeaux and Antinori’s Solaia in a blind tasting.