Wine Of The Week – Tabali Limari Talinay Vineyard Chardonnay 2012

Today for my WOTW I’ve chosen the superb Tabali Limari Talinay Vineyard Chardonnay 2012. This is a bold statement but in my opinion this is the best Chardonnay, for the money, you can buy from Chile.

The wine is produced by one of Chile’s most exciting wineries, Tabali and they’re located in Limari. The wine is the product of an incredible single vineyard, Talinay. The vineyard itself is one of the most northerly in the country, situated right at the edge of the Atacama Desert. It has a subsoil of limestone and it is the only part of Chile to offer this unique terroir. Chardonnay thrives here and the resulting wine is engaging and a joy to drink.

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The man in charge of the winemaking at Tabali is one Felipe Muller, Chilean winemaker of the year in 2012, so it’s no surprise that his wines are gaining somewhat of a reputation for their excellence. Before fermentation in French barrels, a very careful selection process takes place to ensure only perfectly ripe grapes are included. Once the fermentation is complete the wine spends a further 11 months ageing in barrel with daily batonnage to add volume and texture to the wine.

A lovely golden coloured wine flecked with the greenness of youth and the nose displays minerality with citrus fruits, especially lemon zest and just a hint of pineapple. The palate is dense and perfectly balanced with that unique mineral concentration running right through it. This wine is reminiscent of a really good Burgundian offering and will make and ideal partner for giant bowl of mussels!

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