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Matetic Vineyards - EQ Chardonnay 2015

Information

  • Country: Chile
  • Wine Maker: Julios Bastias
  • Grape: Chardonnay
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Food Matching

Food Matching

Ideal companion for fish, white meat, seafood, pasta and mature cheeses. Serve at 53° Fahrenheit (12° Celsius).

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 92 (2014) VS: 90 (2013) JR: 16.5 (2008) WS: 90 (2013) JS: 88 (2013) WE: 88 (2012) KWG: 91 (2010)

Wine tasting notes

This Chardonnay is pale yellow in colour with the shades of gold. The nose is intense, with ripe and elegant aromas, and offers tropical fruit and citrus aromas. This elegant wine boasts rich aromas of honey and peaches, along with a distinctive salty-savory note, which is a proper expression of our vineyards and terroir. The palate is fresh and lively showing rich concentration and a long lingering finish.

Winery Information

Matetic Vineyards

The Matetic family arrived in Chile some 100 years ago and acquired large haciendas in the southern tip of the country which they used for sheep and dairy farming. It was in 1999 that the family bought the estate in the San Antonio Valley and turned their hand to winemaking. They are now one of the most revered wine producers in Chile and have been awarded a plethora of prestigious awards including Wine & Spirit’s magazine Winery of the Year award in 2014. Just 15 km from the sea, the.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)92 pts

Dec 2015 - Luis Gutierrez - The 2014 EQ Chardonnay is sourced from a slope vineyard on granitic soils at 19 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. The whole clusters were cool down and pressed at low pressure. There was a big frost in the spring of 2013, so yields were cut in half, and the Chardonnay was the grape most affected by this. The must fermented with indigenous yeasts in oak barrels where the lees were worked totaling some 11 months in barrel before bottling. It wants to be a classical Chardonnay showing the coastal freshness with good acidity, balanced by some creaminess in the palate. There are some yellow fruit aromas and plenty of yeasty hints. Only a small percentage of the wine goes through malolactic, just to add a creamy note to balance the sharp texture of the granite soils. The palate is medium-bodied and combines ripe, slightly exotic aromas and a sea breeze, marine profile.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)90 pts

Light, bright gold. Fresh melon, nectarine and poached pear on the deeply perfumed nose. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering juicy orchard and pit fruit flavors and a subtle floral quality. Closes smooth and long, with building spiciness and a touch of smoky lees.-- Josh Raynolds

JancisRobinson.com (2008)16.5 pts

Tasted Sept 2009 - Cream, ghee, banana split – heart-on-sleeve stuff. Very bold, very self-assured. (RH)

Wine Spectator (2013)90 pts

May 2015 - A richly spiced white, with a deep vein of baked apple, apricot preserves and unctuous tropical fruit flavors, backed by lively acidity. Offers a creamy mouthfeel, leading to the suave and cream-filled finish. Drink now through 2018

James Suckling (2013)88 pts

Straight apple, stone and cream character. Full-bodied, fresh and easy. Cool character. Drink now.

Wine Enthusiast (2012)88 pts

Big fruit is on display. Oak, apple and melon aromas provide for a lively, tropical, ripe-edged nose. Pulpy and grabby on the palate, it conveys pleasant, sweet flavors of pineapple, apple and walnut. There’s a lot of power and energy but not much complexity and elegance. — M.S. (6/1/2014)

Ken's Wine Guide (2010)91 pts

This light yellow colored Chardonnay from Chile opens with a faint peach bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied and balanced. The flavor profile is a blend of mild oak infused Bartlett pear with notes of gentle minerality. I also detected a hint of tangerine is the background. The finish is dry and drifts away nicely. This Chard is very food friendly and would pair well with wild mushroom and chicken tortellini smothered in a mild cream sauce. Enjoy - Ken

Vinification Notes

The grapes were hand-picked and transported to the winery, where the bunches were carefully selected and cooled. All of the fruit is whole bunch pressed at low pressure and the clear juice is pressed out directly into French oak barrels from Burgundy. We carefully select only 15% new barrels, from various coopers and different sizes: 228, 300 and 400 liters. Fermentation was conducted only by indigenous yeasts, in order to obtain a real expression of the vineyard typicity, enhancing the complexity and elegance of the final blend. The wine was finished with only a percentage of malolactic fermentation, to enhance the mouth feeling and aromatic complexity. The wine was aged in barrels on fine lees and aged for 11 months with 6 months lees stirring to get volume, roundness and a well-integrated wood.