Kalfu is a new series of nine wines from innovative large Chilean producer Vina Ventisquero. They haven’t been released yet, but I got to try two of them. The Sauvignon in particular is of great interest. It’s an edgy wine, not a perfect one, but it shows the potential of Chile’s most northerly vineyard area, Huasco, in the Attacama desert. It’s so cool to see that Chile is starting to become a bit more interesting at the high end.
Kalfu Sumpai Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Huasco Valley, Chile
13% alcohol. So fresh and bright with a chalky, mineral, green pepper, tomato leaf nose. The palate is textured and pure with lovely green notes. Very chalky with some sweeter tropical notes and a nice texture. There’s a lot of green methoxypyrazine character here, but it’s a soft-textured greenness that really works. 91/100
Kalfu Sumpai Pinot Noir 2013 Leyda Valley, Chile
13.5% alcohol. Ripe, sweet, slightly spicy nose with cherries and a hint of vanilla, as well as some cola notes. The supple, sweet palate is bright with hints of chocolate and cedar under the sweet cherry and plum fruit. Supple and quite elegant, and needs time to resolve into harmony. 90/100
3 thoughts on “The Kalfu Sumpai wines from Chile”
Are they planning to release in the UK?
Casa Silva just released the first vintage of a wine that is the total opposite of the Kalfu Sumpai Sauvignon Blanc. Same vintage, same variety, but coming from a vineyard located near lake Ranco in Patagonia. The distance between the two vinyard is about 1600 km. Lake Ranco is 1000 km south of Santiago, 300 km south of Bio Bio region. Huasco is in a desaert, very sunny, no rain, with an incredibly clear sky, Lake Ranco has much less sunshine, often cloudy with rain and very cool.
Does “Chile’s high end” refer to the northerly position of the vineyard, its altitude or the market position of the wine?;)