Longavi Glup Chenin Blanc 2017, Chile
95pts & Wine of the Year - Tim Atkin MW
Longavi wines is a collaboration between two famous and multi-award winning winemaking friends from different continents, Chilean producer Julio Bouchon and South African winemaker David Nieuwoudt who teamed up in 2012 to produce wines in Chile's Leyda Valley. Longaví means ‘snakes head' derived from a stratovolcano called Nevado de Longavi and the vine wreath logo denotes the Ourobos, an ancient African symbol that represents nature’s eternal cycle of renewal.
The Glup wines are a project which showcases the best of the terroir. Made with native yeasts and aged naturally in an 'amphora' for 6 months, the wines express pure fruit flavours. The choice of Cinsault and Chenin Blanc grapes reflect David's South African winemaking heritage, while knowledge of the Chilean terroir is Julio's specialty.
From a premium selected vineyard in the Valley of Marchigue based on volcanic soils this is a true expression of terroir with a breathtaking intensity and richness. The bush vine Chenin Blanc grapes are fermented in amphora using natural yeasts, before then aging in the same amphora for a further 6 months. There is pure fruit character here as well as the oxidative notes from the method of winemaking. There are tannins in this white which are perfectly balanced by a fresh acidity and long supple finish. Great for drinking now alongside fish dishes or even roast pork.
|Country Of Origin||Chile|
|Serving Suggestion||Serve Chilled|
|Food Pairing||Cheese, Fish, Pork|