Chardonnay Reserva, Casas del Bosque, Casablanca Valley 2018
Family owned winery Casas del Bosque was founded in 1993 by Juan Cuneo Solari. The son of an Italian immigrant, he had always dreamed of having his own vineyard and chanced upon an area of the Casablanca valley, 100k due west of Santiago, with its pine forests, olive groves and small, white abandoned adobe houses. He chose to name the winery Casas del Bosque, or “Houses of the Forest.” Winemaker Grant Phelps is evangelical about translating the character of the vineyard and grape in to the final wine, using longer than average skin contact to extract extra flavour from the grapes.
Punchy peach fruit and a tropical feel are tempered by a medium body, lovely mouth feel and texture and, above all, freshness and balance. The vanilla oak is really polished and unobtrusive.