The grapes for our 2014 Single Vineyard Sauvignon come from the La Escultura vineyard, a property located in the Casablanca Valley, just a few kilometres from the Pacific Ocean. The coastal
influence in the valley produces moderate temperatures during the growing season and fresh breezes that help the fruit to ripen gradually, thus preserving aromas and flavours and ensuring good
acidity levels. These conditions make of the Casablanca Valley a privileged place for growing cool-climate varieties, especially Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyard was planted in 1992 with French
clones 242 and 107 and the American clone 1 Davis. Due to its proximity to a creek, the soil has a fine sandy-loam texture, a high percentage of stones and a low vigour potential. The vines are drip irrigated and trained to the vertical shoot position.
Climate: rainy winters, moderately warm summer days with morning fogs and fresh afternoon breezes.
Soil: fine sandy-loam texture with low vigour potetial.
Harvest Dates: March 1 to 15
• Heat Summation (October-April): 1,276 Degree
• Average Temperature (October-April): 16.5ºC
• Temperature Oscillation (October-April): 17.9°C
• Annual rainfall: 21.8 mm
The 2013-2014 season was moderately warm, with rather low yields due to spring frosts and a slightly lower mean temperature from October to April. From October to January, and compared to the previous season, the maximum averages were higher and the minimum averages stayed similar. The absence of rain in spring and summer made it possible for us to produce very healthy grapes. The 2013-2014 season reached a total heat summation of 1,041 GDD between October and April, an increase of 2% compared to the previous season and of 7% in relation to the historic average.
The grapes were harvested by hand during the morning hours and then carefully transported in small 14-kilo boxes and 400-kilo bins to the winery, where they were destemmed, crushed and pressed to best preserve their natural acidity. To keep its aromatic potential, most of the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks at 12º-15ºC using yeasts specially selected for their ability to develop aromatic compounds at low temperatures. Special care was taken at every step of the process, preventing the grapes or the must to come in touch with oxygen thus preserving the typical fruity and fresh aromas of the variety. The wine was kept with its fine lees for three months to develop a soft texture and volume on the palate.
Our 2014 Casablanca Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc has a pale yellow colour with greenish hues. Expressive and delicately intense on the nose, it offers notes of citric and tropical fruits such as grapefruit and passion fruit entwined with aromas of tomato leaves and green chili peppers. Of medium body, this expressive and elegant Sauvignon Blanc replicates the same aromas on the palate combining them with a balanced acidity in its long, and persistent ending.
Valle de Casablanca
100% Sauvignon Blanc
13% by vol.
6.36 g/l (tartaric acid)