Chardonnay

Cachapoal Andes

Chateau Los Boldos Tradition Réserve

Chateau Los Boldos was founded in 1991 and is situated 100km south of...

Santiago in the foothills of the Cachapoal Andes. Working with a portion of old vines originally planted in 1948, their focus from an early stage has been on the production of premium wines. The estate has been transformed since being purchased by Sogrape in 2008. Renowned soil scientist and viticultural consultant Pedro Parra (of Clos des Fous) was brought in to assess the plots and match the right variety to the different soils around the estate. The type of rootstock, planting density, orientation and the frequency of irrigation were all within Pedro’s remit, and the results – significantly improved grapes – are now being seen in the wines, especially since Victor Arce, previously of Perez Cruz, joined as winemaker in 2015.

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Vineyards

Los Boldos has 190 hectares of vineyards which benefit from a Mediterranean climate. The clear, bright skies during the summer and the high diurnal temperature range are ideal for growing fruit that maintains fresh acidity whilst ripening to perfection. The nearby Cachapoal river also moderates temperatures, while stony alluvial soils in the vineyard ensure low yields. Los Boldos makes wine exclusively from their own vineyards, therefore controlling everything from grape to bottle.

Vintage Information

A rainy winter at the start of the 2014/2015 season helped to accumulate enough water for the entire growing season. January was very cloudy, but February was partially clear and a bit warmer than usual, which allowed harvest to begin at the end of the month with concentrated and aromatic grapes with balanced sugar and acidity levels.

Vinification

The Chardonnay grapes were macerated in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation took place over three weeks at temperatures between 13-15°C. No malolactic fermentation took place, and the wine spent a further three months in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

Bright pale yellow with green hues. This wine has aromas of tropical fruit, apricots and pears. Lively and fresh acidity complements the wine’s persistent fruitiness and elegant finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Cachapoal Andes
Winemaker Victor Arce
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 6.39g/l
Residual Sugar 1.94g/l
Wine pH 3.11