Chile - Grape Varieties and Winemaking

3 important questions on Chile - Grape Varieties and Winemaking

Black grape varieties of Chile

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon (by far)
  2. Merlot
  3. Carmenere
  4. Pais
  5. Syrah
  6. experiments with Mediterranean grape varieties > Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre

White grape varieties of Chile

  1. Sauvignon Blanc
  2. Chardonnay
  3. experiments with aromatic varieties > Muscat, Viognier, Riesling, Gewürztaminer

Sauvignon Blanc in Chile

  • Most planted white grape variety
  • best in cooler areas (Limari, Casablanca, San Antonio)
  • good quality:
    • high acidity
    • flavours range from citrus to tropical
    • sometimes hint of wet stones or herbaceous character
    • sometimes lees contact and oak ageing to increase complexity
  • large amounts of good quality, inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc are also made in the Central Valley

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