Casablanca Valley, Chile
James Suckling 91 points!
Weichafe Sauvignon Blanc is a bold white wine gem from the Casablanca Valley of Chile. At the place where the vineyards of Chile's Casablanca region come closest to the Pacific Ocean lies the sub-zone of Las Dichas. Here, the climate is more influenced by the gentle cooling of ocean breezes than by the cold blasts that come down nightly from the Andes and which chill the vineyards further inland. Because Casablanca has always been considered to be in the sweet spot among Chile's regions it is the home to many of the mass-production wineries that clog the shelves of chain stores. But in Las Dichas winemakers who value quality over quantity, like Weichafe's Roberto Millan, have found a home in its limestone-rich terroir.
Weichafe means 'warrior' in Mapudungun, the native tongue of the Mapuche who are the indigenous people of Chile. The Mapuche mounted a strong resistance to the Spanish colonizers, and became known as a fierce and proud people. Roberto's mission to create small-production, hand-crafted wines, fighting against the big companies, gives him a feeling of kinship with the Mapuche, and he honors them with these wines.
Weichafe Sauvignon Blanc comes from 15-year-old vines, planted in the limestone soils of the Santa Laura vineyard and organically farmed. Grapes are harvested at night and fermented in stainless steel for 21 days. Aged on lees for two months with weekly battonage.
"A bright and spicy sauvignon blanc that shows nectarines, jasmine and honeysuckle. Medium body, some good zesty acidity and a fruity finish. Drink now."-James Suckling, 91 points!
Enjoy Weichafe Sauvignon Blanc over the next 3-4 years with grilled shrimp, filet of sole, roast chicken and summer salads.