Topic: CHILE: LEADING THE WAY IN INNOVATION
Moderator: Christopher Waters, Editor, VINES Magazine
Lisa Ulrich, Ontario Project Manager
The following is a summary of my notes and photo's from this event.
1. Chile is a Viticultural Paradise with unique geography and climate which makes it ideal for wine growing
2. There is a New Vitivinicultural Zonification per map on the left
3.Evolution and innovation consist in :
3.1 measures to get closer to terroir ,make wines with more definition, grapes to come from single lot with pure expression of a place.
3.2 get the cycle shorter by delivering to market 45-60 days earlier than before
3.3 commitment to protecting the environment and social responsibility and as such has created an extensive Sustainability Program.
3.4 broaden the varieties of chilean grapes and wines from the well known reds Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere to newer discovery cooler climate Pinot Noir and well known whites Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay to newer discovery cooler climate Riesling
2015 MONTES SPRING HARVEST SAUVIGNON BLANC $14.95 LCBO Code Not available
Fresh,fruity,dry ,you can hear Pacific Ocean, long finish, excellent nose Rating :4/5
2013 ARBOLEDA CABERNET SAUVIGNON $19.95 LCBO 335174
90% Cab Sauv,10% Cab Franc, colder climate, nice and fresh,elegant style,long finish Rating :5/5
2012 PEREZ CRUZ LIMITED EDITION CABERNET SAUVIGNON $19.95 LCBO 431015 Rating: 5/5
Family owned,45km SE of Santiago, 80% Cab Sauv,14 month aged in french barrels
2013 CALITERRA TRIBUTO CARMENERE $16.95 LCBO 56630 Rating :4/5
Silky,grown on clay based soil,oaky,red pepper,floral,spicy personality, mostly carmenere and some malbec-LCBO release in a few months
After the seminar ended I have taken a few photo's from Walk about Tasting where trades could taste 150 wines and meet 20 winery principals.