A unique white cuvee from Chilean winemaker Rafael Tirado. The Vistalago Mezcla Blanca is made from a blend of Riesling, Chardonnay, and Semillon harvested from organically farmed vineyards in the Maule Valley. Fermented with indigenous yeasts, the wine was aged on fine lees in concrete tanks for 8 months.
“The 2019 Vistalago Mezcla Blanca white blend is composed of 65% Riesling and 20% Chardonnay with 15% Semillon (it used to have Torontel instead of Semillon). 2019 was a cool year in the zone, where the nights are very cold. All of these wines have moderate alcohol (around 12.5%) and remarkable acidity. It fermented with native yeasts in concrete, where it was kept with the lees for eight months. The switch from Torontel to Semillon has made the wine more serious, less floral and a little closed, but it has gained in the palate. Semillon is a grape that has a lot more acidity than Torontel and provides more grip on the palate, and with time, the nose also shows its character of waxy apples. Riesling is the backbone but does not dominate the aromatics, which is unusual, as it’s a grape that tends to mark blends. Now all of the grapes are from the estate vineyards; in the past, the Torontel was purchased from a coastal zone close to San Javier. A really interesting white blend.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate