Concha y Toro Amelia Chardonnay 2018
Have you got an adventurous spirit? Ready to explore, to find a wine with a character that tests the limits? Well, you’ll find what you’re looking for and more in this stunning ultimate Premium Chardonnay. Brimming with character, exceptional freshness and a sense of origin, this Chardonnay crosses over into new horizons of exceptional. Concha y Toro launched the Amelia brand in 1993 as a tribute to all the women who have pushed beyond the limits. Think Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodal, Gertrude Ederte and more.
Named after Marcelo Papa’s wife- “Amelia Chardonnay displays multiple aromatic layers, with an excellent combination of structure and minerality, as well as an attractive salinity in its fresh, long-lasting finish.” — Marcelo Papa, Winemaker.
A top-end Chardonnay taken from the Quebrada Seca Vineyard in the “unknown” and “extreme” Limarí Valley, northern Chile. Quebrada Seca is located 190 metres above sea level. On one of the valley’s rolling hills bordering the Atacama Desert to the north and just 22 kilometres from the Pacific Ocean to the west. Cool climate and moderate temperatures, thanks to coastal breezes, help the fruit to ripen slowly and produce fresh wines with an attractive mineral character.
The vineyard is notable because its clay soils contain a high limestone content, which is very unusual for Chile. This mix of clay and limestone in this specific part of Chile is the perfect base for Chardonnay. Creating wines of great structure since the limestone gives it backbone and the clay provides body.
After a manual harvest, the grapes are brought to the winery. They go through selection on a conveyor belt, which then deposits them directly into the press without destemming. This allows the berries to break gently without applying too much pressure, resulting in a delicate and controlled extraction. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels, with 18% new and the remainder with one or two previous uses.
Fermentation lasts 15–18 days, and the wine finally ages in Burgundy-style French oak barrels for 12 months. The wine stabilises naturally with the cold winter temperatures as it ages in the barrels.
Brilliant light yellow colour. Its crystalline appearance contradicts its complex and multi-layered bouquet. Aromas of white flowers and pears waft from the glass, with a predominance of flinty mineral notes. Refreshing, textured, an elegant mouthfeel. An excellent combination of structure and minerality with a very attractive salinity on the long, fresh finish.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
2020 “Best Chardonnay from Chile”, “Best White Wine from Chile” – 97 POINTS
– 97 POINTS
Right up there with the best Chardonnays Chile, and South America, has ever produced. This stunning wine comes from five specific blocks within the Quebrada Secain Limarí. Tangy, chiselled and refined, with very stylish oak. It’s the kind of thing that could embarrass a range of Puligny-Montrachet Premiers Crus in a blind tasting. Simply stunning.
– 95 POINTS