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Wine from Malleco Valley

The Malleco Valley is a wine region located in southern Chile. It is part of the larger Southern Chile wine region and is known for its cool climate, which is influenced by the Pacific Ocean. The valley is characterized by rolling hills and a variety of microclimates that make it suitable for grape cultivation. Some of the grape varieties grown in the Malleco Valley include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. The cool climate of the region contributes to the production of wines with bright acidity and fresh fruit flavors. Pinot Noir, in particular, thrives in this environment, producing elegant and complex wines. The Malleco Valley is considered a relatively new and emerging wine region in Chile, gaining recognition for its unique terroir and the quality of wines it produces. Wineries in the region often focus on sustainable and organic viticulture practices. If you're interested in exploring wines from the Malleco Valley, you might want to look for labels that specifically mention the region or wineries based in the area. Keep in mind that wine characteristics can vary depending on the specific vineyard and winemaking techniques used by each producer.
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La Ronciere Selva Oscura Sparkling Extra Brut 2017

La Ronciere Selva Oscura Sparkling Extra Brut is made from 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay.

Selva Oscura was born to further complement La Ronciere’s cold-climate wine program. Only early, thin-skinned varieties such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can ripen in the cold, rainy Araucanía Province. Grape maturity often comes with great difficulty, but the resulting wines reach the bottle with intense freshness and vibrant aromas. Planted in volcanic soils and surrounded by ancient forests, this is a place where vines have developed under adversity and grown to deliver unique wines, with inspiring character and personality.


96 points -Tim Atkin MW

 96 Points
Morande Black Series Chardonnay 2021

Morande Black Series Chardonnay is made from 100 percent Chardonnay. 

Malleco represents the exploration of one of the most extreme valleys in Chile for wine production. A new wine frontier, an ideal terroir to produce high-end Chardonnay in Chile, with a different style from other outstanding origins such as Limarí –which offers wines with marked minerality– or Aconcagua Costa –which delivers sharp acidity and great power. The Traiguen area in the Malleco valley produces wines of great tension and fruity austerity, as well as complexity, balance and finesse. A very typical style of Chardonnay marked by elegance, verticality on the palate and subtlety on the nose and mouth.

The wine offers a bright pale yellow color, intense and elegant aromas of citrus fruits and green apples as well as hints of nuts, such as hazelnuts and roasted chestnuts. A tense and fresh acidity on the palate, and a vertical structure in the mouth. Very fine and complex, its long persistence highlights the austere character of its fruit and a delicate minerality.

Shellfish and fish of intense flavor, such as smoked salmon, swordfish, giant perch, and white meats, poultry.


"Fresh and pure on the nose with green fruits and lots of star fruit, a hint of flint and a slight creamy edge. Subtle and bright with a tense mid-palate that creates a creamy but fresh mouthfeel. Medium- to full-bodied and long. Drink now."

- James Suckling (February 2023), 94 pts

 94 Points
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