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Tabalí Reserva Chardonnay 2012

Limari Valley, Chile

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A complex and intense wine with subtle mineral tones elegantly complemented with a touch of citrus and honey. Time in French oak barrels add well integrated toasty and toffee notes together with an appealing and refreshing finish.

Jay Miller, RP's Wine Advocate (April 2009) "...delivers Cote de Beaune like aromatics of mineral, toast, white fruits, and hazel nut. Elegant, intense, with lively natural acidity..."

Situated in one of the northernmost vineyard regions in Chile, approaching the edge of the Atacama Desert, Tabalí commands a unique location in the heart of the Limarí Valley.  The local ‘Camanchaca’ fog blankets the Limarí area each morning, and afternoon coastal breezes bring cool air, which moderates the ripening of the grapes.  The result is a range of truly distinctive wines with elegance, restraint and minerality.

The dynamic young team lead by Felipe Muller (winemaker) and Hector Rojas (viticulturalist) have already scooped a cabinet full of the wine world’s most prestigious trophies.  Tabalí has the honour of stewardship of the Limarí Valley’s most significant archaeological sites, the mystical ‘Valle del Encanto’ (‘Enchanted Valley’), which borders their vineyards.  A sacred site of the ancient Molle and Diaguita culture, the many rock drawings and carved Tacita stones depict an ancient way of life.  The Tabalí mask logo has been taken from one of these rock carvings, which can only be seen at certain times of day when the sun’s alignment makes them magically appear. 

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Alcohol: 14%
Style: Rich, fruity, spicy
Closure: Screwtop
Drink by: 2016


Curious Review


Clear, pale yellow/gold colour

Light toasty aromas of butterscotch and a savoury nuttiness with a touch of melon fruit.

Lovely mouthfeel and almost a lemon, creamy texture from the oak, but for me the fruit is dominating more on the palate, with refreshing citrussy notes and good acidity.


Matt, Apr 10 (2008 vintage)

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