Viña Concha y Toro has introduced into the Singapore market two limited edition wines to its Marques De Casa Concha line.
Leading Chile-based wine producer Concha y Toro may be better known for its popular top-of-the-line Casillero del Diablo range here in Singapore, but its terroir-led Marques De Casa Concha brand can be somewhat overlooked and underrated among local wine circles. In fact the Marques de Casa Concha range can be seen as a oenophile’s snapshot of winemaking in Chile, representing the South American country’s winemaking diversity. Its current range, for example, includes a D.O. Maipo Cabernet Sauvignon vinified with grapes from its Puente Alto and Pirque vineyards in the Maipo Valley in the Aconcagua region, a D.O. Buin Syrah from its Quinta de Maipo vineyard from the same area as the Cabernet Sauvignon, a single vineyard D.O. Limarí Pinot Noir – its San Julián vineyard in the Limari Valley in the northern Coquimbo region, a D.O. Peumo Carmenere from its Peumo vineyard in the Cachapoal Valley in Chile’s Central Valley region.
Marques De Casa Concha ups its terroir play with two limited edition wines from one of Chile’s southernmost winegrowing zones, a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir crafted with grapes from the country’s Bío-Bío Valley. While these varietals have been in the region for several years now, it was only in 2016 that winemaker Marcelo Papa proposed vinifying these expressions from grapes grown in Concha y Toro’s Quitralmán vineyard in the Mulchén zone on the southern banks of the Bío-Bío River. Situated 530km south of Chile’s capital of Santiago, the area possesses a cool climate that’s affected by a cool breeze from the Andes. In fact, while Bío-Bío has the highest rainfall in the country, there’s little humidity because of such windy conditions, so Pinot Noir and Chardonnay flourish there.
The Marques De Casa Concha Pinot Noir 2016 Limited Edition D.O. Bío-Bío was fermented in stainless steel tanks and then spent 11 months aging in French oak barrels, winemaker Marcelo Papa says its style “combines presents concentrated raspberry aromas, with a refined texture and good structure on the palate”. Marques De Casa Concha Chardonnay 2016 Limited Edition D.O. Bío-Bío on the other hand was fermented and aged 12 months in French oak barrels, and Papa says it combines richness and elegance, with delicate white pear aromas and a tremendously concentrated palate with good vitality, great structure, and oily notes. Both are limited productions of only 1,800 bottles each this vintage.
The limited edition 2016 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are available exclusively through Viña Concha y Toro Singapore’s private sales channel, with price on request. For enquiries, please email email@example.com.