Chilean Chardonnay wine Reviews

By | March 16, 2015


Even if today internationally operating premium wine producers such as Torres or Rothschild are important chile chardonnayfigureheads of the Chilean wine industry, right now there are a host of major national producers that have long been established and who conquered a place in the national Chilean wine world. With the significant investments that have been made in the Chilean viticulture in the last two decades, the wine country has the best conditions for an international top position in the league of the most important wine countries.

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95–100 A classic great wine
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50–74 Not recommended

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It is my pleasure to introduce some of the fine Chilean Chardonnays in my Chilean wine review.

1) Product: Big Cirrus Chardonnay

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Vintage: 2014

Bottle: 750 ml

Region: Valle Central

Alcohol: 13.5%

Rating: 82/100

Price:  $19.99 

Tasting notes

Big Cirrus flaunts green apple and citrus zest flavours in a slightly vibrant but full mouth feel. The finish is clean and smooth, with a short linger on the palate. If you prefer Chardonnays of a crisper nature, then Big Cirrus Single Estate is your next white wine to try.

Winery’s notes

Chilean  Chardonnays are different from the ones produced in California. Most Chardonnays from Chile have a far closer zesty style than the creamy, silky style of their California counterparts. This is due to the grapes being picked earlier, capturing the green essence of the world’s most popular white wine varietal.

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2) Product: Yapa Chardonnay

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Bottle: 750 ml

Vintage: 2014

Alcohol: 13.5%

Region: Colchagua Valley

Rating: 85/100

Price: $29.99 

Tasting notes

This Chardonnay is refreshingly crisp with balanced acids, tropical and white fruit flavours of pineapple, pear, and apples with buzzing citrus zest. In Chile, Yapa means gift and this is truly a gift to the senses bringing joy with every sip.

Winery’s notes

Produced in Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year in 2005, Yapa Chardonnay from Colchagua Valley, Chile is a fresh alternative to traditional Chardonnays. Made form 100% estate grown Chardonnay fruit. 

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3) Product: Camartina Chardonnay

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Bottle: 750 ml

Vintage: 2014

Region: Colchagua  Valley

Rating: 84/100

Price: $16.99 

Tasting notes

The Camartina Estate Bottled Chardonnay is a smooth and well-rounded wine with moderate acidity, aromas and flavours of tropical fruit and some lean pear with a clean minerality. Perfect for full-bodied fish, creamy seafood recipes, and white meats as well as corn-based dishes. 

Winery’s notes

The Colchagua Valley has become an esteemed and innovative wine making region, with an ideal climate for the production of world class white wines. So good in fact, that it was awarded Wine Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2015.

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Please note that the category World best Chardonnays, contains more reviews of Chardonnay wines from the best regions in the world.

2 thoughts on “Chilean Chardonnay wine Reviews

  1. Ed

    Hi Jerry,
    Great information about those Chilean Chardonnays. I’m not sure about the “chalk” or “Slate” taste in the Errazuriz Chardonnay Wild Ferment, but the last selection Santa Carolina Chardonnay Reserva de Familia sounds real nice. Do you have a favorite? Cheers

    1. Jerry Post author

      Hi Ed, I live in Thailand and Chilean Chardonnays are scarce to get here. However, there is a great selection of Australian Chardonnays, such as Taras, Jacob’s Creek and Penfold’s Rawson’s Retreat, the latter one being of excellent quality. In fact, because we have a limited selection here, I started this site to share these wines but also to gain more knowledge of the enormous number and varieties of Chardonnays around. You are welcome to share your favourites here as well. Cheers, Jerry


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