27 Sep Estate Reserve: identity and expression of Viña Morandé
A reflection of the pioneering and innovative spirit that has guided the path of Viña Morandé since its beginnings, the Estate Reserve line represents the winery’s commitment to creating wines with a local identity that faithfully express the characteristics of its different terroirs.
Founded in 1996 by Pablo Morandé, one of Chile’s most renowned oenologists, Viña Morandé has had a clear focus on innovation since its beginnings: it was the first to plant vines in the Casablanca Valley, it has been a pioneer in the planting of high-density fields, a pioneer in launching a line called Aventuras focused on highlighting the unknown diversity of terroirs in Chile; and it was one of the first wineries to rescue terroirs and ancestral winemaking techniques, to name a few.
With its Estate Reserve line, Morandé has demonstrated its constant commitment to producing wines with a place identity. The Estate Reserve portfolio has 8 wines. The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Maipo Valley, and has notes of red fruits such as cassis, plums, raspberries, as well as notes of tobacco and dark chocolate. On the palate, it is a wine with a firm structure, fine and enveloping tannins, and good persistence.
The Merlot variety, from the Romeral field in the Maipo Valley, is a wine with notes of fresh red fruits such as cherries and raspberries, as well as notes of white pepper and cedar. On the palate, it is possible to perceive the cool climate of the area, with its fruit of tense acidity and juiciness. It is medium bodied, with elegant tannins and great freshness.
Meanwhile, Carmenère, also from the Maipo Valley, is a violet-red wine with aromas of intense black fruit and herbs and spices such as cinnamon and cloves. On the palate it is rich in fresh red fruit flavors with notes of tobacco and black pepper. It is ideal to pair with lean meats, such as duck and turkey.
The Pinot Noir, on the other hand, from the Belén field in Casablanca, is a wine with a delicate body and elegant structure, with excellent balance and intensity, and a long finish.
Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, also from the Casablanca area, is made from grapes with high aromatic expression and abundant freshness. It is a wine that remains on its fine lees until it is bottled to preserve its freshness and increase its volume on the palate. It is very fresh, citrusy, juicy and intensely fruity and mineral.
The Chardonnay, for its part, stands out for its pale, luminous and bright yellow colour. It has citrus aromas and other fruits such as pears and apples. On the palate it is fresh, tense and very well balanced.
Finally, Estate Reserve Gewurztraminer is an ideal wine to accompany appetizers, charcuterie, fine pickles and desserts in general. It is intensely aromatic, with notes of flowers such as orange blossoms, roses and jasmine, white fruits such as lychee and melon. It has an oily texture, has a pleasant balance between sweetness and freshness, and is balanced and persistent.