A few years ago I visited a remarkable coastal vineyard in Limari, Chile, with active limestone soils. It was Tabali’s Talinay vineyard, and it’s turning out some seriously impressive Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
I’m impressed with this 2012 Chardonnay. It’s really thought-provoking, with lots of textural detail on the palate.
Tabali Talinay Chardonnay Coastal Limestone Vineyard 2012 Limari Valley, Chile
13.5% alcohol. Refined nose of herbs, nuts, wax and taut pear and citrus fruit. The palate is complex and mineral with a distinctive savoury, nutty edge to the tangerine and white peach fruit. Very detailed and fine-grained with structure and crystalline acidity, as well as hints of hazelnut and marzipan. 93/100 (£15.99 Virgin Wines)