Established in 2002, Tabali is a pioneer and iconic winery situated in Limari, on the edge of the Atacama Desert in one of the northernmost vineyard regions of Chile. They were one of the first wineries to settle in Limari and their wines faithfully reflect their place of origin in which climate and soils play a fundamental role, and bring out the potential of each of their vineyards.
After years of geological research, Tabali is the only winery that produces wines that cross Chile from east to west in the same valley (D.O.), from their incredibly high and remote site of Roca Madre (second highest vineyard in Chile) in the Andes Mountains' Rio Hurtado area down to their cool climate, 'Camanchaca' fog blanked vineyards by the Pacific Ocean. In their quest for the perfection, they now also have a site in the renowned Cabernet and Merlot region of Maipo Valley. The result is a range of truly distinctive wines with elegance, restraint and minerality which the dynamic team of Felipe Muller (winemaker) and Hector Rojas (viticulturalist) have attributed to their cabinet full of the wine world's most prestigious trophies.
In 2014, Felipe Müller was named 'Chilean Young Winemaker of the Year' and acclaimed for his ability to understand Tabali´s distinctive terroir and use it to create remarkable wines, unique to Chile. Tabali also has the honour of stewardship of the Limari Valley's most significant archaeological sites, the mystical Valle del Encanto (Enchanted Valley) which borders their vineyards. A sacred site of the ancient Molle and Diaguita culture, the many rock drawings and carved Tacita stones depict an ancient way of life. The Tabali mask logo has been taken from one of these rock carvings, which can only be seen at certain times of day when the sun's alignment makes them magically appear.
The Talinay vineyard is situated 12km from the Pacific Ocean, where there is a constant cool sea breeze. These extraordinary conditions mean that they experience much lower temperatures than the rest of the valley, making this the vineyard with the coolest climate in the whole Limari Valley. In summer, the maximum temperature is 23.5°C, which means that we can harvest 2-3 weeks later than the other coastal areas in Chile. The vineyards are planted on calcareous soils where the rock is limestone. Thus the vines are located in a place with a geological phenomenon that is unique in Chile and that gives a very particular characteristic to the wines. This has come about because it is an ancient marine terrace that is now on the surface. It has a very porous, fractured limestone soil, which enables the roots to easily explore the rock, which in turn acts as a hydric regulator and an extraordinary source of calcium carbonate. This mineral has a significant effect on the quality of the great wines produced in some of the world's most famous wine regions. Every single task in the vineyard, from pruning to harvesting, is carefully supervised by the winemaking team in order to produce the best quality fruit possible. The grapes were hand-harvested into 20kg-bins to avoid any damage to the fruit.
The harvest began in the second week of March, when this variety had reached the optimum aromatic and phenolic ripeness. The clusters were later very carefully selected, then destemmed and selected one last time. The fermentation took place in small stainless steel tanks at low temperatures (11°C-13°C) in order to retain all the freshness and fruit flavours and aromas in the wine. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks.
Intense, complex and elegant on the nose with citric notes and gentle green pepper aromas. The palate shows great volume with crisp, high acidity giving chalky minerality and a fresh, long, fruity finish.
Great with fresh fish dishes such as sushi or carpaccio of tuna.