Cono Sur Sustainable Agriculture Chardonnay 2006
Chardonnay from Chile, South America
- white wine
- screw cap wine
The farming of this wine was devised specifically to make efficient use of renewable resources, protect the environment and cause minimum impact to the surrounding ecological system, in line with best Sustainable Agriculture practices. Beginning with the 2009 vintage this wine will be certified organic, having passed the
required three year transition period.
Bright yellow in color with some golden tints. Aromas of citrus and
light mineral. Complex, with good balanced acidity on the palate.
Citric and fresh. Enjoy with seafood, white meats, dried fruits, butter
and cream sauces, and cheeses.
Cono Sur Winery
Cono Sur Vineyards and Winery was founded in 1993, with the vision of producing premium, expressive and innovative wines conveying the spirit of the new world. Their name refers to the company's geographic position; it represents wines proudly made in South America's Southern Cone, on whose western edge lays Chile and its gifted wine valleys. Their logo is a freehand drawing of the silhouette of South America. Right from the start, Cono Sur applied new ideas and technology to winemaking traditional methods. Nowadays, Cono Sur's original claim, "No family trees, no dusty bottles, just quality wine," continues to inspire them towards quality, innovation, style and creativity.
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Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south – also why the country has remained phylloxera free. Quite a few wineries in Chile were founded by large French wine companies. Seeing the potential of the country, vineyards were bought and planted by these French folks and the results tell of a smart investment. Some of these wineries include: Los Vascos, Casa Lapostolle and Cousino Macul.
And while the inspiration may have been French, but the wines here are quite Chilean.
The main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some
reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
About South America
Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard Chile
are the regions producing the most wine coming out of the continent. The wines from this area are good value with a distinctive taste. They create new world wines with old world character.
5 ratings, 5 with reviews
If you like a full bodied wine that goes great with fish, you'd be crazy not to try this. I was a little suprised at how good this wine was when we cooked a fresh Red Snapper from Argentina in spinach, lemons, garlic, olive oil and thyme. It brought out the flavor and smoothed out the tart from the lemon. Great table Chard!!
This is a clean, crisp chard without any sharp edges. Very enjoyable and a great price point.
This is the best Chardonnay I have ever tasted! Light, Crisp & refreshing!! I can't believe it is sold out - I wanted to order a case of it!! Highly Recommended!
Received as a Wine.com Discovery Wine Club Selection for JAN 08. Up front fresh flavors of citrus and green apple with some stone in the background. No Oak or maloactic fermentation which makes for a very fresh taste and balanced acidity. Medium/light body, dry, and leaning on the delicate side for intensity. Limey on the finish - overall fresh and bright, but without any complexity.
Medium bodied, pale yellow, semi-dry wine from Chile. Served at room temperature brings out the grape flavors.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.