At its debut in the mid-1990s, Amelia Chardonnay marked a major new milestone in Chilean winemaking: the arrival of Chile’s first ever ultra-premium Icon Chardonnay. This elegant, distinctive Chardonnay originates from Concha y Toro’s prized estate-vineyards in Chile’s Casablanca Valley, a region responsible for some of the country’s finest white wines due to the beneficial influence of cooling maritime breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean, as well as an ideal soil composition of clay and limestone over a substrata of granite.
Soon after its debut, Amelia became the first ever Casablanca Chardonnay to earn a Wine Spectator 90-point rating. Burgundian in style, yet modern and fruit driven, Amelia Chardonnay also enjoys a notable capacity for aging, developing depth, nuance and added complexity over time.
- Through the 2009 vintage, grapes were harvested from the prized El Triángulo vineyard in Chile’s Casablanca Valley, a region responsible for some of the country’s finest white wines thanks to a Mediterranean-like climate and cooling maritime breezes from the nearby Pacific.
- Beginning with the 2010 vintage, Amelia has been made from grapes harvested from the Las Petras Vineyard, one of Concha y Toro’s newest and most exciting acquisitions.
- The Las Petras vineyard was planted in 1999 with a southeastern orientation and is characterized by cloudy mornings and cold days with abundant wind, which means the grapes ripen slowly and late in the season.
- The soils are red clay, and fertility is low in the highest sector, moderate in the mid-section, and good in the lower part of the vineyard, resulting in low yields of high quality Chardonnay grapes that produce concentrated wines.
- Produced by Ignacio Recabarren, one of the first to recognize Casablanca’s star potential.
- A relentless perfectionist, Recabarren has made it his life’s work to prove that Chile can produce outstanding wines able to stand alongside the best the world has to offer.
- The first Casablanca Chardonnay to earn a Wine Spectator 90-point rating.
- Enjoys a notable capacity for aging, developing depth, nuance and added complexity over time.
- A stellar white wine, tailor-made for fine dining. A natural for wine lists at contemporary and top Latin restaurants and a competitive New World alternative to more costly and fragile white Burgundies.
Amelia: Bright, straw-yellow in color with greenish tints. An outstanding smoky, calcareous, and mineral character is apparent on the nose, followed by delicate aromas of hazelnut. On the palate, this Chardonnay possesses a smooth texture, with ripe fruit flavors complimented by elegant nuances of minerals—loamy and pure—concluding in a long finish. Burgundian style, yet modern and fruit driven. Amelia Chardonnay is a delightful accompaniment to fresh seafood and soft cheeses.
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