2021 Tabali 'Talinay' Chardonnay

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  • 97 Point Chardonnay
  • Two Time Top Winemaker in Chile
  • One of The Top 15 Producers in Chile
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About the Wine 

The Talinay Vineyard is located in the Limarí Valley, very close to the Pacific Ocean. The combination of the sea breeze, the very cool temperature and the calcareous soil composed of limestone allows for paradisiacal conditions for the vine and resulting in lovely wines!

Tabalí has a strong focus on quality.The Winery is a small-scale, exclusive, family winery focused on detail. It is built in such a way that the fruit and wine are transported by gravity. The winery aims to avoid any unnecessary pumping and relies on nature to do the work where possible.

Felipe Müller, Tabalí’s winemaker since 2006, was born and raised in Santiago, Chile’s capital. Today, at the age of 41, he is considered one of the country´s most influential and important winemakers.

In 2001 he joined Viña De Martino as the second winemaker, in charge of viticulture as well as the vinification of red and white wines. In this winery, he worked with winemaker Marcelo Retamal, and formed a bold and renowned "Wine Dupla". Together they discovered new wines, studied various valleys and regions of Chile, and vinificated around 350 vineyards throughout the country.

Felipe harvested two famous Chateaux Grand Cru Classé in Saint Emilion, France: Chateau Canon La Gaffeliere and Chateau La Mondotte.

Felipe Müller was named ‘Best Winemaker of the Year in the sixteenth version of “Guía de Vinos de Chile 2010”, Chile’s oldest and most prestigious wine industry publication. This distinction was an important recognition of the enthusiasm, passion, and dedication he puts into crafting wines. “Wine is my passion and an important part of my life. I feel capable of leveraging the knowledge I’ve built throughout these many years", says Felipe.

In the year 2011, Felipe was appointed Manager Director, keeping his position as Chief Winemaker. From then Felipe was not only responsible for the quality of the wines but also for the global strategy of the company.

In January 2014 Felipe Müller was chosen ‘Best Young Winemaker’ (next to Aurelio Montes who was chosen Best Senior Winemaker).

2021 Tabali Talinay Chardonnay is barrel fermented followed by a 10-month barrel aging. The French oak barrels comes from very exclusive forests as Jupille, Fontainbleau, Bertrange, Troncais and Allier.

Tasting Notes:100% Chardonnay. Pale-yellow color. Fresh aromas of ripe white fruits, hints of herbs. Crispy acidity, balanced and vibrant on the palate, firm tannins, a great minerality, long and elegant finish. Pair this wine with salmon, tuna, chicken, pork, and semi-hard cheeses.   

Reviews

The Talinay Vineyard is located about 12 kilometers from the sea, on the calcareous hills near the Fray Jorge National Park. From there, Tabalí produces wines with tremendous character tempered by the Pacific breezes and calcareous soils that offer mineral notes and pronounced acidity. From a cold year, that freshness seems to underscore all of that mineral character and all of that powerful acidity as well as that saline side that’s clearly shown here but that we also see in the Talinay sauvignon. This is a case of the place putting its stamp on a wine that’s like an arrow. ~97 Descorchados

~94 Points, Tim Atkin. 

The 2021 Chardonnay Talinay from Limari was aged for 10 months in barrels from different forests. Greenish yellow in the glass. The nuanced nose presents herbs and green apple and hints of lime against an elegant backdrop of hazelnuts. Broad and terse on the palate, with a voluminous, creamy flow, it's enlivened by saline acidity before the lengthy finish. ~93 Vinous Media

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