RKS 2023 Wine: One of Chile’s Great Chardonnays?

The Ventisquero Tara Atacama White Wine 1 2020 is only available in 10 Liquor Control Board of Ontario stores and considering the price of $54.95 it is no wonder! The label does not specifically label the wine as a Chardonnay instead stating: “Base Wine: Chardonnay”. Third party websites confirm it is 100% Chardonnay. My Anti Virus system gave me a warning the Ventisquero website was dangerous so I did not check that website for the possible other grapes that might have supplemented the “base wine”.

11,000 cases were produced.

Aromatics: Honey, apple, persimmons, sweet white Jaffa grapefruit and guava.

Palate: Grapefruit, tangerine with noticeable acidity. Pardon the comparison but the acidity and grapefruit remind me of an Ontario Riesling! Any richness and complexity is robbed by the bitter grapefruit finish.

Personality: OK so tim.atkin.com rated me a 96 so I must be great right? However if you like a wine with a sour disposition and not a lot of depth I am your wine.

Cellarbility: Being a shallow wine not much to improve upon by ageing.

Food Match: Being somewhat akin to a Vino Verde white I would pair with grilled sardines.

Price: $54.95 (Ontario). Being a sample this did not burn my pocket but quite frankly a 99-pound weakling Chardonnay.

In a nutshell: At a 96/100 timatkin.com rating I have a Luca Maroniish feeling.

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 77/100. Timatkin.com 96/100.

(Tara Atacama White Wine 1 2020, D.O. Atacama Valley, Viña Ventisquero, Doñihue, Chile, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 511377, 750 mL, 13%).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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