Casablanca Valley, close to the Pacific coast, was Chile's first genuine 'cool climate' area, heralding a new wave of fresh, lively, modern styles, particularly Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Single vineyard selection planted between 1993 and 2008 on the eastern side of Casablanca Valley at an altitude of nearly 800 feet.
The Chardonnay came from Casas del Bosque’s coolest vineyard in the western flank of the Casablanca Valley, near the Pacific Ocean. Soils are a mix of clay and sand, with an average vine age of 15 years. Yields, as ever here, are restricted.
Interestingly the grapes were all machine harvested at night, between the end of April and beginning of May, arriving at the winery at around 5°C, which helps preserve both acidity and freshness in the final wine.
Drink now and over the next 18 months.
Casas del Bosque was founded in 1993 by Juan Cuneo Solari and was one of the first wineries in the Casablanca Valley. Today it is still family owned and managed by the same family - and they have acquired around 245 hectares of vines in Santa Rosa district, on the west side of the Casablanca Valley. Plantings include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Carmenère and Pinot Noir - all drip irrigated from subterranean wells.
The Casas del Bosque philosophy is based on the constant search for excellence, aligned to the finest expression of each grape variety’s character and sense of place. Winemaker Grant Phelps is a Kiwi by birth but has been in charge at Casas del Bosque for over 13 years, following project spells in Oregon, California, Loire Valley, Australia and Argentina! He is rightly considered as one of the leading winemakers in the country, which with three listings at Wine Trust we would happily endorse.
Serve with good old roast chicken, done with garlic, lemon juice, lemon thyme and pancetta.
In the press
Casas del Bosque has twice been awarded the Trophy by the IWSC as Chilean producer of the year – 2013 and 2014.