Category Archives: Colchagua Valley

Polkura

Next was a visit to Polkura Wines which is located on the western side of the Colchagua Valley.

It was a cooler and wet day in the region and it was welcome to do an interview and a wine tasting with Sven Bruchfeld in his hillside cabin which was nice and toasty due to a wood burning stove working hard like we were.

The Polkura name comes from the hill where they have planted the vineyard and means  ‘yellow stone’ in the ancient Mapuche language. There is a large amount of yellow granite in the soils.  They only make 6,000 cases of wine at the moment which is very small on the Chilean scale of production and Polkura is part of the Movement of Independent Vintners MOVI in Chile. Polkura make 8 wines at present with 6 of them being Syrah based. Sven’s passion for Syrah is clear and he says: “Syrah adapts to so  many different soils that makes it a really fascinating variety to work with.”

Our favourite wine here was the Polkura Secano Dry Farmed 2013 which is 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache. It shows a lovely fruity second layer and well balanced minerality.

 


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Montes

Next on the list for a visit was Montes Wines in Apalta in the Colchagua Valley. It is an impressive modern winery and despite being a bigger producer there definitely seemed a dedication to excellence. Even the cellar room plays music to the ageing vino downstairs.

Our favourite wine here was the Montes Alpha Pinot Noir 2006.


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Koyle

It was time to check out another valley in Chile so we headed south of Santiago to the Colchagua Valley to visit Vina Koyle in Los Lingues. We spent some time with Cristobal Undurraga and he did an interview in the barrel room telling us about the history and philosophy of Koyle.

We did a tasting and our favourite wine was the Cabernet Sauvignon Royale.


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