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Producer - Morande - Casablanca Valley

VIÑA MORANDÉ www.morande.cl - click here to visit site Follow on twitter @MorandeWines History & Philosophy Morandé was the pioneer of the Casablanca Valley, where Pablo Morandé was the first to discover the unique attributes of the climate and soil. Today Pablo Morandé continues to be involved with the ultra-premium ‘House of Morandé’ and ‘Golden Harvest’ wines, whilst Ricardo Baettig is now responsible for the rest of the Morandé portfolio.

Morandé produce four distinct ranges – entry level wines that are lively and approachable, through to premium, interesting, creative wines with true varietal characteristics.  Vineyard & Climate Morandé constantly seek innovative techniques, such as high-density planting, hitherto unknown in Chile. This method triples the quantity of vines planted compared to a conventional vineyard, which creates competition between the plants and limits their growth. Overall, the same number of kilos per hectare is obtained but a higher quality grape is achieved. Morandé hold strong ethical values manifested in their judicious use of water in irrigation, good agricultural practices and strong social responsibility.

The constant desire to find areas that best suit each grape variety has led Morandé to diversify their vineyards between different valleys and therefore each wine comes from a specific, single valley. The two main Estates are Belen Estate in the Casablanca Valley and Romerol Estate in the Maipo Valley. The other three estates are located in the Cachapoal Valley, Curico Valley and Maipo Valley. The winery is based in the Rapel Valley. VIÑA MORANDÉ, Casablanca Valley, Chile Pionero Range Pionero Sauvignon Blanc – Casablanca Valley A tropical nose with melon, peach and citrus fruits, good acidity Pionero Chardonnay – Casablanca Valley Creamy with good tropical fruit and acidity Pionero Cabernet Syrah Rosé – Central Valley Medium deep in colour, with ripe, red fruits Pionero Merlot – Rapel Valley A fresh, herbal, leafy Merlot, with plums and damson fruit Pionero Carmenère – Maipo Valley Botanical, intriguing, lovely blackberry fruit and lifted herbal nose Pionero Cabernet Sauvignon – Maipo Valley Approachable style of Cabernet from Chile’s finest region, cassis and sweet spice Pionero Pinot Noir – Casablanca Valley A fresh vibrant juicy Pinot, with a touch of oak to add complexity and structure Reserva Range Reserva Sauvignon Blanc – Casablanca Valley Mineral and herbaceous with notes of green mango and asparagus Reserva Chardonnay – Casablanca Valley Vibrant green apple and pineapple notes, hints of minerality, good texture and balance Reserva Gewurztraminer – Casablanca Valley Exotic, rose petals, hibiscus, lychee and nectarine fruit, a dry exotic wine with good length Reserva Pinot Grigio – Casablanca Valley Full of character Pinot Grigio, with lovely floral, peach and nectarine notes. Off dry, crisp acidity Reserva Merlot – Maipo Valley Aromatic, with plums and dark cherries, characteristic Merlot leafy notes and a bitter chocolate finish Reserva Carmenère – Maipo Valley Fresh, with green peppers and botanical notes. Bursting with juicy fruit, and a long lingering finish Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon – Maipo Valley Mocha and black fruit. Structured, soft tannins and sweet oak spice Reserva Pinot Noir – Casablanca Valley A cool climate Pinot, rosemary and thyme, oak, spice and red fruit. Good complexity and finish Gran Reserva Range Gran Reserva Chardonnay – Casablanca Valley Mineral undertones, aromas of lemon balm and apple pie, good fruit and texture on the palate Gran Reserva Merlot – Maipo Valley Soft and appealing, herbaceous with green pepper notes, plums and red fruits, soft tannins and good acidity Gran Reserva Syrah – Maule Valley A dark, dense rich Syrah, meaty with smoky bacon, spice of cinnamon and cloves Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon – Maipo Valley Coffee, eucalyptus, blackcurrant and plums. Structured, firm tannins and sweet spice Gran Reserva Pinot Noir – Casablanca Valley Intense, fruity and floral with good body and acidity. Aroma of roses and fine wood, with notes of strawberries and fresh cherries Gran Reserva Carmenere – Maipo Valley Fresh and intense blackberry and blueberry aromas, plus spicy black pepper, cinnamon and roasted beans Edición Limitada Range Edición Limitada Sauvignon Blanc – Casablanca Valley A touch of barrel fermentation adds texture, weight and body to this wine Edición Limitada Carmenère – Maipo Valley From Chile’s enchanting flagship varietal, lovely herbaceous nose with delicious black fruit Edición Limitada Cabernet Franc – Maipo Valley Black cherries and jammy black fruit, sweet and toasty oak notes, with a long finish Edición Limitada Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon – Maule and Maipo Valleys Presents notes of forest fruits, dark chocolate, tobacco and spices with an intense, deep, fruity body and great freshness Edición Limitada Carignan – Loncomilla Valley Soft full bodied red, with notes of game, black fruit and mocha, textured finish and soft tannins House of Morandé – Maipo Valley Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, an elegant, complex, mature and robust blend, with aromas of flowers and forest fruits Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc Only produced in exceptional years. A rich, luscious dessert wine with candied lemon peel and honey notes, with refreshing crisp acidity to finish Vigno Morandé Perfect balance, intense tannins, refreshing acidity and extravagant elegance. Carignan, Syrah, Chardonnay Casablanca The main geographical feature of this valley is the influence of the sea which enters from the Pacific Ocean and produces a morning mist which acts as a temperature moderator. This characteristic favours optimal vineyard development, whilst also requiring special management in order to achieve the desired ripeness. The varieties that grow best in this valley are Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Maipo This valley has the greatest wine producing tradition in Chile and is famous worldwide. It has a temperate climate with a dry, hot summer, rainfall concentrated between April and September, and is almost frost-free. The soils are alluvial in origin, stony and with good drainage and average fertility. Its climatic conditions favour the development of red wine varieties, mainly Cabernet Sauvignon. House of Morandé ‘House of Morandé’ is Morandé’s iconic wine from the San Bernardo vineyard in the Maipo Valley and their commitment to excellence is obvious. Each vine produces 1kg of grapes which is harvested to make one bottle of wine. Traditional Bordeaux style winemaking is used with long ageing in French barrels and further time in bottle.

House of Morandé is a Cabernet Sauvignon dominated blend where varietal composition varies depending on annual harvest. Vigno To reclaim the heritage of its ancient vines and traditions, a group of  traditional Vignadores de Carignan have established the first appellation from Chile – dry-farmed, old-vine Carignan, from Maule (the ‘g’ in the ‘Vigno’ signifies ‘Carignan’).

Morandé’s ‘Vigno’, created by Pablo Morandé, is predominantly Carignan, with the addition of some Syrah and Chardonnay, aged for 26 months in new American oak casks. Due to a blend of three different grape varieties from sixty-year-old extremely low yielding vines planted in different soils, at different altitudes and different sun exposure – this wine is outstanding. 




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