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)
For successful organic farming, Chile has many great natural advantages. Flanked by the Andes to the east and the Pacific to the west, this long, narrow, remote land enjoys a geography and climate uniquely well suited to organic farming. Founded in 1986 by the local Guilisasti family, Emiliana Vineyards is a privately owned initiative dedicated to producing wines crafted from organic grapes. The progressive conversion of Emiliana’s estate vineyards to organic viticulture began in the mid-1990s. Today, Emiliana’s vineyards total 2,812 acres covering a diversity of regions including Maipo, Colchagua, Casablanca, Bío-Bío, Cachapoal and Limarí. Collectively, Emiliana constitutes the single largest source of estate-grown organic wines in the world. To further underline their commitment to organics, the Guilisasti family engaged the skills and experience of the celebrated winemaker Alvaro Espinoza in order to oversee the entire project.
At Emiliana, the organic vineyards teem with life which provides a natural and effective defence against common vine pests. The use of chemicals is shunned, in favour of natural alternatives. Compost is sourced from used grape skins and stems. They also have hens, geese and alpacas roaming the vineyards. After more than two decades, what began as a dream, today is reflected in a complete portfolio with important national and international awards. The whole team at Emiliana firmly believe that by working with sustainable, organic, and biodynamic agricultural practices, it is possible to obtain better-balanced, healthier, and more productive vineyards, which results in better quality grapes and therefore unique wines. 'For us, care for the environment and respect for our employees and the community are essential.'
Emiliana was also certified Carbon Neutral for the first time in 2008, after employing methods such as reducing their packaging, investing in solar panels and running their tractors on biodiesel. However, their biggest commitment is to the people that work for them: as well as being IMO-certified, meaning their staff is guaranteed a fair wage and fair treatment, they also offer employees scholarships to universities and colleges, and allotments on which they can grow their own fruit and vegetables.