Tasting notes: Undurraga T.H. Chardonnay
Undurraga T.H. Chardonnay. Fresh aromas of chamomile flowers, lemon, melon and pear are complemented by touches of toasted hazelnut. Smooth and creamy on the palate, delicate notes of oak spice are exquisitely balanced by coastal freshness through to an elegant finish.
Try with smoked, grilled, roasted meats, Chicken pie, Pork
Undurraga is one of Chile’s most prestigious wineries, consistently receiving high scores from top wine critics. Founded in 1885, Undurraga owns 1,350 hectares of estate vineyard in Chile’s premium wine producing areas such as Leyda, Cauquenes and
Itata. And is certified by Sustainable Wines of Chile. Head winemaker Rafael Urrejola has spent a great deal of time researching and understanding the diversity of Chile’s vineyard sites; the result is the emblematic ‘Terroir Hunter’ range.
Undurraga cultivates their vineyards with respect for the environment and follow a philosophy of minimal intervention in the cellar to showcase the terroir. In 2023, Rafael became the first Chilean winemaker to be awarded ‘Red Winemaker of the Year 2023′ by the prestigious International Wine Challenge (IWC).
Winemaking: Undurraga T.H. Chardonnay
The grapes were rigorously sorted, ensuring that only ripe clusters, free from rot or sun burn. They underwent gentle pressing with a controlled pre-oxidation of the must. The free run and lightly pressed juices were chilled to 4°C to 6°C and cold stabilised for 48 hours. The must was then racked to egg shaped concrete tanks and large Burgundian oak barrels. Of which 16% were new, where fermentation took place with natural yeasts at temperatures of 15°C to 17°C. After fermentation, the wine was left on its lees and aged for 10 months with regular batonnage, imparting the wine with more body, weight and identity.
For more information about the producer: https://www.undurraga.cl/
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