Situated in one of the northernmost vineyard regions in Chile, approaching the edge of the Atacama Desert, Tabalí commands a unique location in the heart of the Limarí Valley. The local ‘Camanchaca’ fog blankets the Limarí area each morning and afternoon coastal breezes bring cool air which moderates the ripening of the grapes. The result is a range of truly distinctive wines with elegance, restraint and minerality. The dynamic young team lead by Felipe Muller (winemaker) and Hector Rojas (viticulturalist) have already scooped a cabinet full of the wine world’s most prestigious trophies. Tabali Chardonnay is widely regarded as one of Chile’s finest but we would also single out their Syrah (IWC Gold and 2 Decanter trophy’s in 2007) as one of the emerging stars from this new region, with its fine structure and peppery black olive fruit profile. Tabalí has the honour of stewardship of the Limarí Valley’s most significant archaeological sites, the mystical ‘Valle del Encanto’ (‘Enchanted Valley’) which borders their vineyards. A sacred site of the ancient Molle and Diaguita culture, the many rock drawings and carved Tacita stones depict an ancient way of life. The Tabalí mask logo has been taken from one of these rock carvings, which can only be seen at certain times of day when the sun’s alignment makes them magically appear. The leading Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, published an article on January 10th 2014 naming the two best winemakers of Chile. In the article, Felipe Müller is honoured for his ability to understand Tabali´s distinctive terroir and use it to create remarkable wines, unique for Chile. According to the newspaper: “Today, more than ever, the wines of Tabalí are among the best wines produced in Chile”. For his achievement Felipe Müller is nicknamed “The Interpreter” and chosen as “Best Young Winemaker”.
The vines are planted on the oldest alluvial terrace of the Limarí river, the soil profile is a mix a gravels of different sizes, clay and sand with high concentrations of active calcium carbonates (limestone) and different type of salts, due to the very little amount of rainfall per year (70–100 mm) in the area. This geological composition makes this place unique in Chile. The growing conditions here produce healthy, disease free grapes.
The fruit was handpicked and them placed in 20kg cases so there is no breakage of the grapes, the picking started mid-May, at its optimal phenolic maturity, with a very careful selection of bunches and after they were destalked a selection of grapes also was done. The fermentation was in small stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature followed by a short post-fermentation maceration. The wine was aged for 10 months in French oak.
The incredibly dense beetroot red colour is the result of the pure air, long hours of sunshine and diurnal temperature difference in this region. The nose has a fresh pepperiness and aromas of warm star anise. The palate is rich and concentrated with dark fruit and punchy tannins yet also elegant and well balanced with great structure and a remarkably long finish.
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Name Tabali Pedregoso Gran Reserva Syrah Country Chile Region Valle de Limarí ABV% 14% Vintage 2016 Grape Variety 100% Syrah Size 750ml Dietary Information Suitable for Vegetarians, Suitable for Vegans