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.
100% Sauvignon Blanc.
Grapes are harvested at night to capture the grape’s full fruit potential and acidity. The cool Sauvignon bunches are crushed and left in skin contact for 4 days at just 1⁰C; this helps to extract all the exotic aromatic notes that this grape is renowned for. The vast majority of the wine is made in stainless steel but a small (4%) proportion is barrel fermented and blended back to add a touch of weight and texture. This is complemented by 6 months lees aging.
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 WineTrust we would happily endorse.
Cracking summer aperitif but a good foil for baked and BBQ fish, or an asparagus and goat’s cheese tart.
In the press
Bronze- International Wine and Spirit Competition 2015
Silver- Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 (2014 Vintage)
Silver- International Wine and Spirit Competition 2014 (2014 Vintage)
Bronze- International Wine Challenge 2015 (2014 Vintage)
Casas del Bosque has twice been awarded the Trophy by the IWSC as Chilean producer of the year – 2013 and 2014.