In a nutshell: A complex and layered organic white blend from Chile's Casablanca valley.
The lowdown: Part fermented in French oak followed by five months barrel ageing gives it a robustness and creamy feel on the palate. Aromas of white flowers, honey, and ripe tropical fruits which follow onto flavours hinting of walnuts and almonds. The freshness of the fruits has been well maintained and it signs off with a lovely clean finish. A small amount of Rousanne adds complexity, floral aromas and richness to the Chardonnay.
When to drink: A serously good Rhône inspired blend that's great with richly seasoned fish and shellfish. How about grilled octopus, or bouillabaisse.
Voted by Wines of Chile as 'Winery of the Year 2016', Emiliana are one of Chile's most exciting producers and pioneers in organic and biodynamic winemaking. The enterprise was started back in 1986 by Rafael and José Guilisasti and since 2000 the esteemed winemaker, Alvaro Espinoza has also been closely involved in the project.
They produce award-winning wines from almost 1,000 hectares of vineyards in prime sites including Casablanca, Maipo, Cachapoal, Colchagua and Bio Bio. Their spectacular biodynamic vineyard and winery at Los Robles is a model that attracts visiting viticulturalists and winemakers from across the world. Emiliana's innovative and natural-leaning wines are made with great care and attention and the results are inspiring.