I first came to love Chilean wine when I tried a Carmenère from the region, but that was some time ago. I’ve since read a lot about advancements in wine production in Chile, especially Sauvignon Blanc, and once I learned that many Chilean winemakers have been focusing on cool-climate wines, I made it my duty to find such a vineyard and its wines. Amaral Vineyards was established in 2006 and they’ve made it their practice to focus heavily on Sauvignon Blanc, a commitment seen by measurement of their plantings (66 of the 99 hectares of vines are dedicated to Sauvignon Blanc). Given the Amaral expertise, I was more than delighted to try their Amaral Sauvignon Blanc 2015.
One would traditionally never liken Chile with the ability to produce great cool climate wines, but grapes grown closer to the Pacific Ocean benefit from the cool ocean winds and morning fog that produces ripening breezes. Chile is producing great cool-climate wines from regions such as Casablanca, San Antonio, Coastal Aconcagua, and Limarí. As Amaral themselves put it:
Only 12 km (7.5 mi) separate our vineyards from the Pacific Ocean. This, along with three different soil types, make up a unique terroir that give life to refreshing, sublime and irresistible wines.
Amaral Sauvignon Blanc 2015
On colour, the Amaral Sauvignon Blanc 2015 holds a crisp and optically refreshing wheat like hue. On the nose, lemon, apricot, ginger and apple are noted. On the palate, pear, lemon, vanilla, light tobacco, and well-rounded acidity work together to make this one of the best Sauvignon Blanc wines I have had in some time. The pundits weren’t joking when the sang the praises of Chilean cool-climate wines.
Amaral Sauvignon Blanc 2015 can be drunk on its own or with food, and don’t let the price fool you into thinking this wine won’t stand up to expectations, as it most definitely will.
This wine retails at the LCBO for $14.95
We gave this wine a score of 5 out of 5