Vintage: 2015
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: Chile
Region: Cachapoal Valley
Appellation: Cachapoal-Andes
Wine type: White
Varietals: Chardonnay
Organic: Practicing
Biodynamic: Practicing
Vineyard: This is from a single vineyard located IN the Andes Mountains. Very steep hillside and in a very extreme location.
Orientation: Extremely steep vinyard at very high altitude close to 3,000 feet.
Soil: limestone with some volcanic rock
Viticulture: practicing organic with some use of biodynamic methods and ideas.
Vinification: wild yeast fermentation in cement.
Aging: no oak aging.
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: 92+
The 2015 Locura 1 is an unoaked, high-altitude Chardonnay from Alto Cachapoal that tries to showcase the freshness and minerality of its birthplace through a pleasant and drinkable white with moderate alcohol and a very low pH (3.0). It's sourced from two separate vineyards with different soils, fermented in stainless steel without malolactic and kept in contact with the lees for 12 months. It's a marginally cooler year, which resulted in somehow austere wines (at least this one), in the style of an unoaked Chablis. This is mineral and fresh, with good grip, really pleasant with great freshness, marginally better than the new Locura 2, but they are not that far apart. It feels fresher than the 2014, which I tasted next to this for comparison's sake. 20,000 bottles were filled in April 2016.