Los Vascos Chardonnay

Colchagua / Casablanca

Los Vascos’s Chardonnay is a fresh, delicate wine, with a harmonious, fruity bouquet.
The vineyard’s own Chardonnay grapes are complemented by a selection of grapes from the Casablanca Valley, further north between Santiago and Valparaiso.

Flavourful, fresh and pleasant, this wine has an appealing character with good length of fruit. The nose offers an explosion of aromas with notes of melon, banana, grapefruit and exotic fruit.

Los Vascos Chardonnay Colchagua / Casablanca

Vintages

  • Vintage 2020

    • Chardonnay 100%

    The main characteristics of this season were an early harvest, low rainfall, and a slight risk of disease and pests. It began with a frost-free winter with little rain and average low temperatures that were rather warm for the period. The spring was then quite mild, despite the temperature dropping below 0°C on two occasions.

    Finally, the summer was hot with maximum temperatures of over 37°C. As a result of these characteristics, the harvest was 13 days earlier than the previous season, taking place from 12 to 24 February.

    TASTING NOTES

    Intense yellow color.
    Fruit-scented nose of ripe pineapple, banana, honeydew melon with lime with fresh hazelnut notes. The wine is very well-balanced with creamy and persistent mouthfeel.

  • Vintage 2019

    • Chardonnay 100%

    The beginning of the season was dryer than usual, requiring early irrigation and close monitoring of the vines. A standard spring without frost allowed bud break to go smoothly. The biggest challenge this season were the extremely high temperatures of late January and early February (with a peak of 40.6º C). Consequently, the harvest was carried out 9 days earlier compared to the previous season to preserve the balance of the grapes between great aromatic expression and acidity levels.

    TASTING NOTES

    The robe is bright yellow. Very expressive and fruity on the nose with aromas of honeydew melon, cherimoya and physalis, with undertones of zucchini and squash.

    The wine is very well-balanced with a nice creaminess on the palate.

  • Vintage 2018

    • 100% Chardonnay

    The winter had abundant precipitation (450 mm equivalent to 80% of the total annual rainfall) and mild temperatures. Spring brought the rains (90 mm approximately) that gave the soil sufficient water to kick off the growing season, it started under very favorable conditions due to a lack of spring frosts.

    Summer arrived with high temperatures in December, very much like the previous year, but better, as no extreme temperatures occurred between January and March, the mild weather helped grapes to ripen very slowly. In addition, the lack of rain allowed the technical team to wait for the right time to harvest.

    The harvest started on March 5th and finished on March 29th.

    TASTING NOTES

    Beautiful pale bright yellow robe. Fruit-scented nose marked by notes of banana, papaya, lime, and physalis with green tea and chamomile undertones. The wine is rich on the palate, with a great persistence and refreshing acidity. This wine is best enjoyed in its youth, within 2-3 years after bottling.

    Serving temperature : 10-11°C.

  • Vintage 2017

    • Chardonnay 100 %

    This season started with winter rains (approximately 250 mm) well below the annual average, which forced us to start irrigating earlier than usual. Temperatures remained fairly normal during the early part of the growth season, with the bud break unaffected by frosts.
    Temperatures were unusually high from the end of the winter until the harvest. Average maximum temperatures above 30ºC totaled 330 hours between September and April, significantly higher than the annual average of 200 hours. Due to the high temperatures, the harvest started 20 days earlier than the previous year. The combination of warm weather, good irrigation management, load adjustment, and balanced fertilization resulted in grapes of excellent health and quality.

    TASTING NOTES

    Beautiful pale bright yellow. The nose offers the distinctive pineapple, peach, and banana scents of this variety, as well as notes of pear, grapefruit, and elegant floral aromas. Rich, creamy texture, good length, and excellent acidity. Best served cold between 10º and 12ºC.

  • Vintage 2016

    • 100% Chardonnay

    The winter started with near-normal precipitation and was followed by a rainy, rather cold spring free of frost. Temperatures remained on the low side in summer, particularly in January, resulting in slow ripening. Unusually heavy rain occurred during the harvest; however, appropriate strategy and pre-harvest management enabled good quality grapes to be obtained.

    TASTING NOTES (August 2016)

    Beautiful bright yellow color. The nose is rich in fruit aromas of banana, apricot, gooseberry, physalis, kumquat, and yellow plums, accented by notes of cucumber, yellow bell pepper, and green olives. The mouthfeel is fresh, creamy and buttery. Best served cold, between 10 and 12ºC.

  • Vintage 2015

    • 100% Chardonnay

    The growth season for the 2015 vintage was characterized by a spring with cold nights and warmer days, unlike the preceding year, when the lack of winter rain produced rather unusual climate conditions. The result was a Chardonnay of outstanding concentration made from grapes that had ripened to perfection thanks to the optimal temperature oscillation during their development. The absence of frosts enabled production in just the right measure to maintain a good balance between growth and ripeness.

    TASTING NOTES (at bottling)

    The wine is bright yellow in colour. The nose presents notes of banana, mandarin oranges, wild hazelnuts and almonds complemented by scents of verbena leaves, lemon zest and propolis. Juicy, versatile and deliciously fresh in the mouth, this Chardonnay should be served chilled, between 10 and 12ºC.

  • Vintage 2014

    • 100% Chardonnay

    The winter was dry and the spring brought severe frosts –the harshest in recent years – which affected the buds that had already broken and those still in the wood, particularly the Chardonnay. Summer arrived relatively early. Between December and March, temperatures rose to over 34°C, with lows averaging 5°C, a substantial temperature differential that favored optimal ripening.

    As a result of the climate, the onset of bud-break was delayed, pushing harvest dates back by 2 to 3 weeks compared to a normal year.

    Bunch and grape size were noticeably smaller than in previous vintages; however, concentration was higher, which resulted in grapes of outstanding quality.

    Tasting notes (at bottling):

    Beautiful bright yellow color. The nose expresses fruity aromas of pineapple and ripe peach, banana, grapefruit, and almonds, followed by pleasant notes of honey, apple pie and crème brûlée. The fresh, creamy, balanced mouthfeel makes this Chardonnay an ideal aperitif or a perfect match for fish, oysters, poultry, and mild cheeses. A remarkably fresh wine to drink now or to keep a few months to appreciate its evolution. Best served cold between 10º and 12ºC. 

  • Vintage 2013

    • 100% Chardonnay

    The winter was relatively dry, but fortunately there was enough rain in December, at the beginning of the ripening period, to provide the necessary coolness.
    Leaf removal operations then enabled the yield to be controlled, and the grapes were able to fully ripen and express all of their potential.
    The grapes were picked early and the harvests took place in excellent conditions between 11 and 15 March.

    Tasting notes (at bottling)

    This Chardonnay has a delicate, bright yellow colour. The nose offers aromas of ripe pineapple, fresh banana, stewed Asian pumpkin and white flowers. On the palate, it combines freshness and volume with a pleasantly balanced finish.
    Ideal as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to fish, oysters, poultry and certain soft cheeses. Can be kept a few months and enjoyed as it evolves. Serve cold between 10°C and 12°C.

  • Vintage 2012

    • 100% Chardonnay

    Weather conditions were very favourable in 2012.
    The valleys where our Chardonnay is grown had an adequate amount of rain and moderate temperatures that ensured excellent growth. 
    The harvest took place in good conditions, resulting in a balanced Chardonnay with good acidity, and very satisfactory flavour intensity and structure.

    The harvests started in early March in Colchagua, and then in the Colchagua Andes, finishing in April in the Casablanca Valley.

    Tasting note (at bottling)

    Brilliant yellow colour.
    The nose expresses pineapple, green banana, grapefruit, physalis (Cape gooseberry), apricot and almond aromas. Fresh and balanced on the palate with a pleasant finish.

    Ideal as an aperitif or the perfect match for fish, oysters, poultry, and some mild cheeses. May be kept for a few months to appreciate its evolution. Best served cold at 10 to 12ºC

  • Vintage 2011

    • 100% Chardonnay

    The early days of the season brought low temperatures, rain, and a spring free of frost. Summer and fall temperatures were relatively low, which led to the grapes ripening slowly, resulting in excellent quality.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    This Chardonnay presents a bright yellow colour with glints of gold. The nose offers pineapple, banana, and grapefruit aromas with a hint of papaya. Fresh and balanced on the palate with tremendous volume and a lovely finish.
    Ideal as an aperitif or the perfect match for fish, oysters, poultry, and some mild cheeses. May be kept for a few months to appreciate its evolution. Best served cold at 10 to 12ºC.

  • Vintage 2010

    • 100% Chardonnay

    The vineyard year began with a moderate winter, both in terms of temperature and rainfall. Nevertheless, during most of the spring, temperatures remained fairly low, which meant lower yields, but very good quality grapes.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Bright yellow colour with golden highlights. The nose expresses aromas of pineapple, banana, grapefruit, green apple and some notes of papaya. In the mouth, it is fresh and balanced with good volume and a pleasant finish.

    This wine is ideal as an aperitif or to accompany fish, poultry and soft cheeses. It may be kept for a few months to appreciate its evolution. Best served cold between 10 and 12ºC.

  • Vintage 2009

    • 100% Chardonnay

    A year to be remembered for its very cold winter and dry spring. However, the grapes managed to attain excellent quality and very well balanced ripeness by the harvest.

    tasting notes (at bottling)

    Bright yellow colour with glints of gold. The nose offers an explosion of aromas of melon, banana, grapefruit and other exotic fruit with a touch of hazelnuts. The palate is very flavourful and fresh, pleasantly fruity and well-structured with good length.