Sauvignon Gris, El Viejo del Valle, Maule Valley, Chile 2016
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Unique terroir in the shadow of the ‘El Descabazado’ volcano
El Viejo del Valle
Using ancient vines from prime spots in the Maule Valley, the team from Viejo del Valle produce fresh yet surprisingly complex wines. From their base, in the shadow of the ‘El Descabazado’ volcano, they work with a number of grape varieties in an effort to showcase the unique terroir of their glacial vineyard.
Their Sauvignon Gris is extremely interesting – offering all the aromatic elements of a New Zealand-style Sauvignon Blanc, while managing to also incorporate the hallmarks of great Maule Valley whites – texture and structure. The nose is slightly evolved with tropical fruit notes that marry beautifully with the fresh aroma of waxy lemons. An abundance of gooseberry, mango and melon fruit show throughout the palate and the finish is elegant and long.