The unforgettable 2018 season in Aconcagua Costa will be remembered as one of the coldest we have ever recorded in this vineyard, with a heat summation 15% lower than historic averages, mainly concentrated during January, February and March, and especially the two first months of the year, which were accompanied by abundant cloudiness. March stepped in with blue skies, blessing us with plenty of sunny days that provided the ideal conditions for our grapes to finish their ripening process on time and in excellent conditions. On the other hand, the absence of rains from November to April also favoured a slow and steady ripening process, along with impeccable sanitary conditions of our grapes.
Sourced entirely from our Aconcagua Costa Estate from specific lots that have a significant component of metamorphic rock including slate (pizarras, in Spanish). Given the extremes of this cool climate site, as well as the uniqueness of its soils and elevations, each small block ripens at its own pace. Its proximity to the cool Pacific Ocean and its well-drained soils, with high level of slate and metamorphic rock, allow the Estate to produce Chardonnay of exceptional complexity, depth, minerality, and natural acidity.
Grapes were hand-harvested between March 5 and March 23 during the early morning hours to ensure the fruit arrives at the winery under cool temperatures and ready for 100% whole cluster pressing. The juice was clarified before being moved by gravity low into small stainless steel tanks for fermentation. In order to maintain the
fresh character of the site, 50% of blend underwent malolactic fermentation progressing slowly in the cellar until an ideal acid- balance was achieved. The wine was drained and then kept for 13 months in French oak barrels, 15% of them new.
The 2018 vintage of Las Pizarras Chardonnay shines with its bright yellow-straw color. On the nose, it delivers notes of citrus fruits, accompanied by some floral notes framed by some notes of marzipan and nuts. On the palate, the wine enters with freshness and deepness, followed by a delicate and complex feel. The palate is dominated by its citrusy profile, plus a hint of tropical fruits accompanied by delicate notes of toasted bread and dried fruits, all crowned by an exquisite mineral sensation, great persistence and an elegant finish. Francisco Baettig, Technical Director
COMPOSITION: 100% Chardonnay
AGEING: 13 months in French Oak barrels, 15% new