Pandolfi Price Los Patricios Chardonnay 2018

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Every wine country seems to have a region that is finally fulfilling its potential, after years of neglect, thanks to a handful of committed, and slightly mad winemakers.

Sicily, Beaujolais, as well as Swartland in South Africa and Cebreros in Spain all spring to mind.

Itata is that very place in Chile.

It's a cool-climate region to the very south of Chile's wine producing area, and home to some of the oldest vineyards in the world.

Back in 2002, Enzo's parents, a doctor and a nurse, threw their life savings into buying their dream property in Itata, nestled in the foothills of the Andes.

It's called Santa Inés, and at the time it was surrounded by dry-farmed Chardonnay and Pais vineyards.

For years they sold their grapes for peanuts to big wine companies.

They had one particular vineyard, called Los Patricios, which was set on an elevated slope and on a mixture of granite and volcanic soils.

One day a truck driver told them that the grapes from this vineyard were always put aside when they reached the winery, and given special treatment.

So they brought in François Massoc, Burgundy-trained and one of Chile's top winemakers, to see how special these grapes really were.

Los Patricios Chardonnay was born, and a Decanter trophy for the best Chilean Chardonnay in 2012 proved they were indeed onto something spectacular.

And then the same award two years later proved it was no fluke!

One sniff of this wine and you know you're onto something seriously fine - it's flinty, toasty and honeyed. And in the mouth - it's broad, citrusy and rich, with a weighty mid-palate and long, complex nutty finish.

This ranks consistently in the top 3 to 5 Chardonnays in South America over the past decade, and it's easy to see why.

It looks like fine Burgundy, it tastes like fine Burgundy, and because it's from Chile and not Burgundy, the price is amazing.

Wine type White
Grape(s) 100% Chardonnay
Country Chile
Region of origin Valle del Itata
Vintage 2018
Alcohol % 14%
Oak? Yes
Months in Oak 22 months barrel fermented
Type of Oak French
Allergens (e.g. does it contain Milk, Egg, Fish, Nuts) None
Average age of vines 30 years
Average altitude of vines (m) 80 m 
Soil type(s) Andesite and basalt loam
Closure Type Natural cork
Is this wine organic? No
Biodynamic? No
Sustainably produced? We are working towards carbon neutrality and the vineyard is dry farmed.
Suitable for vegans? Yes
Ageing potential  10 years and counting
Ideal drinking window 2022-2028
My ideal local meal with Los Patricios Chardonnay would be caldillo de congrio, which is a white fish stew quite seasoned with the recipe made famous by Pablo Neruda.

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