TARA Chardonnay

Atacama, Huasco Valley

Chardonnay 100%

$34  |  750 ml bottle

Winemaker’s Comments

It’s a fresh, nervous, mineral wine. The mouth is tense and well-structured. The chalkiness and salinity of the soil come through in the palate. The nose reveals fruit, such as sweet cucumbers and apricots, as well as floral notes. As you sip the wine, it evolves in the glass. This is not a classic style of Chardonnay and we attribute this to its very particular and unique terroir. The Pacific Ocean has a major influence on the vineyard, producing morning fog, known locally as the “Camanchaca,” and strong winds, which cool the vines, making this a desert with cool climate conditions. The area is very arid and the soils are chalky and saline.

Tara 2016

This wine can be stored for up to 6 years in optimum conditions.

Oysters, sea urchins, oily fish and white meat.

Tim Atkin 96

Tim Atkin – 96 points

This stunning, unwooded, unfiltered Chardonnay is one of the best examples of the grape in South America, a salty, leesy, orange zest and citrus like white that’s developed another level of complexity since I reviewed it last year. Hence the extra point. 2018-23

ROBERT PARKER 94+

Wine Advocate, Robert Parker – 94+ points

Reviewed by Luis Gutierrez

Like the rest of the 2016s, I am truly impressed by the 2016 White Wine 1 Chardonnay. It’s a cloudy and unfiltered Chardonnay with no varietal aromas, but it has a vibrant and lively palate with pungent flavors, great acidity and a salty, extremely tasty finish. This is unique—not just in Chile but in the whole world. These wines from Huasco are produced from extreme vineyards in an oasis created by the Huasco river in the south of the Atacama desert, planted on limestone-rich soils with a high content of salt that clearly gives them a saline finish. The palate has the austerity of the limestone soils, serious and textured. 6,200 bottles were filled in February 2018.

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