Valle de Casablanca - Cile
The 2018 vintage, a positive one in the Casablanca Valley, was favored by an excellent bud break and a uniform flowering. A regular springtime, one without frosts, led to a fine harvest. Cool and cloudy days during the months of January and February caused a slow ripening of the grapes, leading to a delay in the picking, which was carried out, entirely by hand, towards late March and early April. These climatic conditions assisted in fully bringing out the character and the varietal intensity of the Chardonnay of this unique terroir.
The grapes of the individual vineyard parcels were harvested by hand, given a soft pressing, and the must left to briefly repose in order to favor a natural depositing of its impurities. The must was then fermented in stainless steel tanks and, in part, in small, French oak barrels, 60 gallons in capacity. After a period of lees contact, the various lots were blended together and the wine then bottled.
The Haras de Pique Chardonnay is a golden yellow in color. The nose is characterized by the typical varietal aromas of white flowers and hints of grapefruit. The palate is pleasurably soft and is sustained by a savory and vibrant freshness.