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Kalfu - Sumpai Sauvignon Blanc 2018

White wine from Chile
£17.95 £14.00
Case Rate: £14.00
Ex Tax: £11.67
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: 2020-2023
Limited Stock: (10 btls)
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92 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: 2020-2023


Sumpai are mythological Mapuche beings, half human and half fish, that resemble mermaids and mermen. According to the legends, their mission is to care for rivers, lakes and oceans.

Wine tasting notes

Clear, pale green. The complex nose reveals layers of aromas; minerality from the calcareous soils together with gentle notes of green chilli pepper and herbs. The structured palate boasts crisp acidity while the finish is clean and persistent.

Winery information


Made by Ventisquero Wine Estates, Kalfu means ‘blue’ in Mapudungun, the language of the aboriginal Mapuche people of southern Chile, representing the influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean and the extensive skies of the region. Kalfu wines are made from 100% estate owned vineyards in the coastal regions of Leyda Valley (pictured above), Casablanca Valley, Colchagua Valley and the Atacama Desert, the world’s driest desert.

Situated so close to the Pacific, each vineyard site benefits from cooling coastal breezes and a subsequently longer ripening period.

Sustainability is a core value at Kalfu. Last year in their Leyda vineyard they launched a photovoltaic project which will generate 164,900 kwh of clean energy, meaning that 80 tons of CO2 per year will no longer be emitted.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2018) - 92 pts

The 2018 Sumpai Sauvignon Blanc was produced with grapes from their Nicolasa vineyard in Huaso (Atacama), from which the Ventisquero team also produce the Tara wines. And even in a place like this northern location where the effect of the years is milder, I could notice the vibrant palate and the more mineral mouthfeel when tasted next to the 2019, which was a warmer year. This wine is always pungent, with herbal and spicy aromas and a light palate with high acidity and moderate alcohol. 2018 was a very balanced and fresh year, and the wine shows it. 8,000 bottles were filled in November 2018.

Vinification notes

The bunches of grapes were hand harvested early in the morning and then transported by refrigerated truck to the winery, where they were carefully selected. The must first underwent a cold maceration for between 6 and 8 hours, protected from contact with the air throughout the process. Fermentation took place slowly at a constant low temperature of 12°C to 15°C. After fermentation, the wine was aged over its lees for eight months, and bâtonnage was used to maximize the contribution made by the wine coming into contact with the fine sediment.