Salvaje No Sulfites Added Syrah / Roussanne
In this area of the Casablanca Valley, the cooling affect of the Humboldt current offshore helps the important slow and even ripening of these grapes, which are handpicked into small bins, and immediately chilled when they reach the winery. A careful vinification excluding oxygen follows, with ageing in stainless steel tanks. Inky purple in colour, the nose is of ripe black fruits and earthy forest floor. On the palate, hints of pepper and nutmeg with blueberry and blackberry. The addition of 7% white Roussanne grapes adds elegance and balance to this deliciously pure (No Sulphites Added) wine.
'Chunkier and richer than the [Mas des Tannes, also recommended]. It's dark and comes at you like a plume of red and black wine gums, all throaty and rich.' Victoria Moore, The Daily Telegraph October 2016 (2014 vintage)
89 Points - The Wine Gang, 'A fascinating, no added sulphur take on the Cote-Rotie model, with 7% of the white wine grape Roussanne in the blend. It's a bold, deeply-hued wine with a surprisingly aromatic nose, definite hints of apricot and ripe mango amongst the black fruits and pepper, and chestnutty aromas. On the palate it is similarly bright and fruitily expressive, orange peel and bright black berry fruit, but peppery spice and tannin too in an unusual but most enjoyable red wine. One to try with a barbie for sure.' August 2016 (2014 vintage)
Winery of the Year - Wines of Chile 2015. The most prominent organic and biodynamic estate in Chile, the vineyards of Emiliana Orgánico (formerly VOE) are planted in three of the country’s key viticultural valleys: Maipo, Colchagua and Casablanca. The winemaker here is the remarkably talented Alvaro Espinoza. Acacia trees are grown around the vineyard to draw nitrogen from the atmosphere into the soil, and plants are grown to make homeopathic treatments which are subsequently used on the vines.