Signos de Origen Chardonnay / Viognier / Marsanne / Roussanne
All the grapes are sourced in Emiliana Orgánico's biodynamically-farmed vineyards in the Casablanca Valley. Here, because the climate is that bit cooler further inland, the grapes have a nice long ripening season. This means you get lots of flavour in the wine without losing the all-essential acidity that keeps the wine fresh and so moreish. The apricot, peach and tropical citrus fruit flavours make quite an explosion in the palate of this truly lovely wine that has a creamy layer of oak.
90 Points - The Wine Gang, 'Lovely nose with the barrel component obvious, but the Rhônish blend of Chardonnay, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier has a creamy apple depth too. Really nicely done: flooded with sweet, rounded pear and apple, but the acidity never wavering and the oak adding lovely support. A nicely weighty white to take on pork perhaps.' June 2016 (2014 vintage)
16.5 Points - Jancis Robinson MW, 'Deep straw. Seems more rhône-ish than anything else and a bit of a novelty in Chile. Relatively low acidity but good balance and some real personality. Creamy and satisfying.' JancisRobinson.com, February 2015 (2014 vintage)
The Wine Merchant Top 100 - 'With just shy of 1,000ha under vine, Emiliana is not short of good organic vineyards. And for this Rhône-style white blend, they've taken the fruit from a single estate, La Vinilla, in the original Chilean cool-climate regon of Casablanca. The result is a wine that over-delivers for the price. "Heady, intense nose with a full tropical fruit juiciness over a leaner back palate," the judges said. "Really good length - a great food wine."' July 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.