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Tabalí Reserva Viognier 2013

Limari Valley, Chile

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Fresh, floral white with pretty notes of nectarine, lemon blossom and pear. Subtle and restrained, with a textured, mid-weight palate that brings to mind ripe stone fruits, pear, lychee and Bergamot oil. Gentle and round, with a clean, dry finish.

Drink on its own or pair with weightier seafood dishes like monkfish curry. 

Tabalí is located 33km from the coast, and as well as vineyards it has olive and citrus groves. It has begun to move into organics, and prides itself on never acidifying its wines. Viognier is an aromatic, low-acid grape that is most associated with the northern Rhône in France, and with the prestigious appellation of Condrieu in particular. After decades of decline, it is now enjoying a revival as a respected niche variety.

Limarí  is a cactus, lemon grove and palm dotted desert region (near the Atacama) in the far north of Chile's wine lands. Not a valley, but an 'altoplano' (high plateau), it gets just 700ml of rain a year. Sea breezes and chilling fogs (‘Camanchaca’) combine to make Limarí a cool-climate region, in spite of its low latitude. Only a very small percentage of the vineyard area is planted to Viognier, and there is no vintage variation to speak of.



Stephen Brooks, Decanter (in 'Top Viogniers from around the world' feature): "Intense, musky, floral nose. Rich and creamy, with firm acidity and a welcome hint of austerity. Weighty yet fresh and long". (2009 vintage)

Alcohol: 13.5%
Style: Round, fruity, exotic
Closure: Screwtop
Drink by: 2016


Curious Review


Mid-lemon, big tears.

Pear, pineapple and melon on nose, hint of kerosene.

Medium-full body, great texture and good balance of fruit and acidity. Lovely ripe melon, green apple with a touch of spice and minerality on the finish.

Top notch, rich and complex without being overpowering.

Matt, Feb 2011 (2009 vintage)

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