SOLdeSOL Chardonnay was born in 2000 after the first vine plantations were made in 1993 in Traiguén in the Malleco Valley. At that time the Valle del Malleco Appeal did not exist, so it had to work with the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture to create it. When these first grapes arrived, we realized the great quality and we decided to make a wine of good complexity and elegance that expressed the minerality of the volcanic soil with that acidic fruit that the cold climate of the Malleco Valley gives us.
Its aroma and acidity are very interesting because the maturity period begins, from January to the end of February, when there is no longer heat and low temperatures allow to preserve the fruit and the acidity of the grape.
The low yields produced in this cold zone make the resulting wine very concentrated and with good volume on the palate.
This SoldeSol Chardonnay wine from the year 2000 positively changed the vision of Chilean Chardonnay wines.
Characteristics of the vineyards and soils: These vineyards were planted in 1993 in deep red clay soils of volcanic origin with very good water retention. Thus, in summer the vineyard must be fed moderately with water through a drop by drop system, since between the months of December and March the rains are practically nil and with temperatures ranging between 8 and 30 degrees in addition to the wind. south that helps dehydration of the vineyard.
The plants are of mass origin, trellised, pruned in double Guyot and a density of 2,500 plants/ha.
Elaboration: The harvest is done manually in boxes of 10 kg the last week of the month of April. The grapes are transported by truck overnight to Viña Aquitania’s wineries in Santiago. The low temperature of the time and the fact that the grapes come in the 10 kg boxes allows the fruit to arrive cold and in perfect condition.
The grapes are pressed whole, without prior grinding, in a low pressure, slow cycle pneumatic press.
Aging: The grape juice is taken to a stainless steel vat for decantation for 36 hours and then transferred to French oak barrels of 400 and 225 liters, which are used 10% new and 90% of one, two and three years of use. Alcoholic fermentation with Saccharomyces cerevisiae EC 1118 yeasts takes place in them, which lasts approximately three weeks. Once the fermentation is finished, by tasting each of the barrels it is determined to induce Malolactic fermentation in 6% of the volume of the wine.
For 9 months the wine remains on its lees in these same barrels without any transfer. Batonage is performed twice a week.
Natural clarification. Filtration closed prior to bottling. The sale takes place from the second year that the wine was bottled.
Bright yellow. Very intense on the nose, its aromas recall fruits such as green apples, green melon (tuna), some asparagus, olives and toasted hazelnuts, with mineral notes. In the mouth it presents fresh acidity, great volume and concentration. Its persistence at the end of the tasting is fruity and mineral, complemented by the taste of French oak. Great balance between alcohol and natural acidity that gives it freshness, persistence and aging potential, something difficult to obtain in a Chilean white wine.
Designation of Origin : Valle Del Malleco – Traiguén
Grape type : 100% Chardonnay
Planting Date : 1993
Soil : Clay, Granite
Production : 4.000 KG/HA
Color : Bright yellow
Type : Dry
Alcohol : 13,3%
pH : 3,14
Total Acidity : 3,24 g/L (H2SO4)
Residual Sugar : 0,96 g/l