Chile is a great place to find exciting, pure-fruited whites. Especially when they’re from a dynamic estate like Luis Felipe Edwards. Their philosophy of “elevating quality” is more than a tongue-in-cheek reference to their high-altitude vineyards – it’s a standard that’s earned them major recognition on the global stage: They were named Chilean Producer of the Year twice in a row at the International Wine & Spirit Competition and New World Producer of the Year at the 2016 Sommelier Wine Awards.
This rare Reserva is the brainchild of innovative head winemaker, Nicolas Bizzarri. He chose a combo of Chardonnay (80%) and Viognier (20%), hoping to capture each varietal’s best characteristics in one complex wine. Look for creamy, rounded notes (from the Chardonnay) and distinctively heady, exotic nectarine notes (thanks to the Viognier). The grapes were hand harvested from premium old vines – some up to 75 years old – in the cool, early morning. This locked in Chile’s trademark fruit purity (helped along by year-round sunshine and the crystal clean Andean snowmelt).
Serve lightly chilled to white-wine-loving friends and see if they can guess the blend. A lovely aperitif on its own, this luscious Reserva will also be delectable with creamy pasta dishes, grilled chicken and tuna steaks.
Rare and delicious, but limited quantities – hurry for your share.