Tuesday, June 19, 2007

2006 Haras Chardonnay, Maipo, Chile

Haras de Pirque is a success story in Chile. Owned by entrepreneur Eduardo Matte and located in the southwestern part of Pirque, a prestigious winegrowing area situated in the Maipo Valley. The property covers around 600 hectares, gently ascends the lower slopes of a spur of the Andes Mountains. Today the estate not only produces great wines, it also breeds trophy winning thoroughbred stallions. It is not surprising that all Haras wines sport the picture of a horse drawn by Leonardo Da Vinci.

This wine is 100% chardonnay. 50% of the juice of this wine sees 6 months oak treatment in 1-2 year old French oak barrel. It is the entry level chardonnay of the winery and carries a 14.8% abv. 7000 cases are made.

Tasting notes:

Color: Light golden straw

Nose: Melon, grapefruit and oak.

Palate: The nose carries forward to the palate. Very level exhibition of fruit and citrus notes.
Hints of butterscotch also noted.

Body: Medium but very smooth.

Finish: Short to medium, but the fruit and acidity is inviting, begging drinkers for another sip.

Comment: Great QPR. A great year round Chardonnay. It is not the most exciting Chardonnay on the market, but for $10, it is worth stocking up. The smooth transition of nose, palate and finish makes it well situated for all occasions.
Paired this wine with pan fried progy and steamed sea bass. Good food and good wine.

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