Pico a Pico Fair Trade Sauvignon Blanc, Central Valley, Chile, 2018

Crisp and fruity white, with grassy notes underlying the tropical flavours of passion fruit and guava.

Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

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Pico a Pico Fair Trade Sauvignon Blanc, Central Valley, Chile, 2018

Tasting Note

Crisp and fruity white, with grassy notes underlying the tropical flavours of passion fruit and guava.

Producer Information

Located in Chile’s Curico valley, the Sagrada Familia company was established in 1997 when sixteen small-scale grape producers formed a co-operative boutique winery, incorporating a total of 180 hectares of vineyards. Now a Fair trade enterprise, the association has grown over the years while remaining committed to producing high-quality wines as well as promoting the social and economic development of the community.

Regional Information

The Central Valley (El Valle Central) of Chile is one of the most important wine-producing areas in South America in terms of volume. It is also one of the largest wine regions, stretching from the Maipo Valley (just south of Santiago) to the southern end of the Maule Valley. This is a distance of almost 250 miles (400km) and covers a number of climate types. The Central Valley wine region is easily (and often) confused with the geological Central Valley, which runs north–south for more than 620 miles (1000km) between the Pacific Coastal Ranges and the lower Andes.

A wide variety of wine styles and quality can be found in this large area, from many different terroirs. They range from the fashionable (and relatively expensive) Bordeaux-style wines produced in northern Maipo, to the older, more-established vineyards of Maule; from the coastal plains of western Colchagua to the Andean foothills of Puente Alto. The Central Valley is also home to a variety of grapes, but plantings are dominated by the internationally popular Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Chile’s ‘icon’ grape, Carmenere, is also of importance here, just as Malbec is to Mendoza, on the other side of the Andes. The cooler corners of the Central Valley are being increasingly developed, as winemakers experiment with varieties such as Viognier, Riesling and even Gewurztraminer.

Winemaking Note

The pressed juice is run off to stainless steel tank for fermentation with selected yeasts at 12-14C. Fermentation completed in 20 days and the wine was racked to tank for maturation on the fine lees with stirring, which lasted 4 months.

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