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Chardonnay, 2012. Convento Viejo

Chardonnay, 2012. Convento Viejo

Item #: V0514W2IC
Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Color: Medium pale
Nose: Fresh peach, vanilla and cinnamon
Palate: Medium weight featuring green apple and spice
Finish: Apple and vanilla
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2016/12.5% Alcohol

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The name Convento Viejo (literally, old convent) is a reference to Chile's colonial times when Christian missionaries brought the first grape vines to Chile. The missionaries' convents fulfilled an important role in their history. They housed the birth of both the country's spirituality and their first wines. The vineyards are located in San Javier, part of Chile's Maule Valley, which has excellent micro-climatic conditions: rainy winters, dry summers, sunny days and cool nights. The soil is composed mainly of clay and limestone which produces the best conditions to grow grapes of very good quality. All of their wines are vinified with using their own grapes and are bottled at the winery located in the same place as the vineyards.

Convento Viejo's story begins in 1892 when Emile Bouchon, a native from Saint Emilion, Bordeaux, settled in Chile with the visionary dream of producing wines of excellence in the new world. In the first half of the 20th century, Emile's son cultivated the vineyards planted by his father with effort and dedication, sowing the legacy of their family.

For generations, his family has grown up on these vineyards, located in the Maule Valley, alongside the Maule River. Animals live wild amongst the mountains and creeks that run alongside the vineyards and this unique combination of nature incorporates the breathtaking landscape, native wildlife and their low-yield vineyards makes it a very special place indeed.

This wine is produced from two of the estate, the Ca?adilla Vineyard (Colchagua Valley) and Batuco Vineyard (Maule Valley, located in Colchagua Valley). This particular vineyard is located 18.5 miles from the Pacific Ocean creating a natural cool ocean breeze resulting in a good balance of minerality and freshness in the wines.

The vineyards in Maule Valley have excellent climatic conditions which result in expressive wines and rich in aromas with fruit notes. Rainfall mostly occurs in the winter followed by dry and sun-drenched summers. Day and night temperatures fluctuate from 60? F at night to 86? F during the day allowing the grapes to slowly mature.

Our selection is medium bodied and crisp with passion fruit, honeydew and stone fruit in abundance. The balance and fresh acidity would make it a perfect match for crab cakes in a saffron aioli.

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