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Ignacio Recabarren Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Superb Chilean sauvignon blanc from excellent vineyards in the cool south-west corner of the Casablanca Valley made by master winemaker, Ignacio Recabarren, under his own label for only the third vintage. Intense blackcurrant-leaf aromas, a fresh gooseberry-fruit palate and a long finish.
Price: £13.95 Bottle
Price: £167.00 Case of 12
- White Wine
- 2 - Dry
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Now to 2024
- 11.5% Alcohol
- no oak influence
- Cork, diam
Ignacio Recabarren is, in our view, Chile’s greatest winemaker. He makes beautifully balanced wines in a European style by picking ripe yet fresh grapes, spending a lot of time in the vineyard tasting grapes to choose the perfect moment to harvest. Thereafter he prefers to let the character of the vineyard shine through and has a light hand on extraction and oak flavour in the cellar.
He has a vast knowledge and experience of winemaking, both abroad, in places as diverse as Château Margaux (Bordeaux), Cloudy Bay and Matua Valley (New Zealand), and at home in all the valleys of Chile. He was a pioneer of the cool Casablanca Valley and his experience in New Zealand made him an early leader in the field of sauvignon blanc.
His wines come from one of the coolest parts of the Casablanca in the south-west of the valley. He has chosen established hillside vineyards planted on red clay which produce a high quality crop of low yields. His transparent winemaking style aims to translate the maximum quality of the grapes into the finished wine with minimum cellar technique.
Such is his elevated reputation that leading Chilean winemaker Ignacio Recabarren is now producing wines under his own name, from vineyards in one of the coolest parts of the already cool-climate...Such is his elevated reputation that leading Chilean winemaker Ignacio Recabarren is now producing wines under his own name, from vineyards in one of the coolest parts of the already cool-climate Casablanca Valley. The flavour profile is green (pyrazine) rather than tropical (thiol), with intense, vibrant notes of blackcurrant leaf and green pepper. The wine spends six months or so on lees, giving it an attractive textural quality, and the alchohol is modest. Great typicity and very easy to like.
Intense grassy, pea-pod nose, preserved green figs. High acidity balanced by fresh grassy fruit. Tight, bright and vibrant in a non-passion-fruit style. Crisp finish.