Emiliana organic and biodynamic winery is one of Chile’s premier establishments founded in 1986.
It has a total of 1000 hectares of vineyards in the Casablanca-, Maipo-, Cachapoal, Colchagua, and Bio Bio Valleys, of which 923 are certified organic by IMO (Switzerland), and 819 by Demeter (Germany).
Emiliana’s stated mission is to produce natural wines with minimal wienmaking interference.
There are five lines – Ge, and Coyam (biodynamic), Signos de Origen, Novas, and Adobe.
Signos de Origen wines are made from the fruit (chardonnay, roussanne, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon) of selected and best blocks of vineyards, Novas wines contain mainly sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, and carmenere.
Adobe is the entry-level line.
All varietal Emiliana wines contain a minimum of 85 per cent of the variety stated on the label.
Casablanca Valley is the coolest of central Chilean vineyards, stretching inland from 30 kms. to 60 towards the Andes, and most suitable for sauvignon blanc, and chardonnay.
Maipo Valley vineyards are located almost within the greater Santiago and most appropriate for cabernet sauvignon and merlot.
Colchagua Valley specializes in cabernet sauvignon, merlot, syrah, and carmenere.
Barrels for aging are all French, and only natural yeasts are employed for fermentation.
Recently, two Emiliana winemakers visited Toronto for a tasting of their wines.
Reserve Merlot Adobe, 2011, violet, vanilla, plum and cherry aromas and flavours dominate. Full bodied, well balanced with a long and satisfying aftertaste, 90/100
$ 12.95, L C B O General list
Novas Reserva, 2010 a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and grenache. Smells of berries and stone fruits. Full bodied, ruby red and brilliant. An excellent wine to cellar for two to three years for more complexity.
Novas Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 light, crisp, fruity, citrusy and minerally. Well balanced and refreshing to complement light dishes, cerviche, marinated sea foods, white-fleshed pan-fried fish with butter based sauces.