Bright, straw-yellow in color with greenish tints. An outstanding smoky, calcareous, and mineral character is apparent on the nose, followed by delicate aromas of hazelnut. On the palate, this Chardonnay possesses a smooth texture, with ripe fruit flavors complimented by elegant nuances of minerals—loamy and pure—concluding in a long finish. Burgundian style, yet modern and fruit driven.
Vinous 91 points - Light, bright yellow. Smoke- and oak spice-accented aromas of fresh pineapple, pear and honeydew melon, with a suave floral overtone. Shows very good intensity, breadth and clarity on the palate, with an array of orchard and tropical fruit flavors braced by tangy acidity. Finishes spicy and very long, with lingering ginger and smoke notes and a touch of anise. This is consistently among the very best white wines made in Chile.
Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2011 Amelia Chardonnay, sourced from the clay red soils of Las Petras Vineyard in Casablanca, is a restrained Chardonnay with no malolactic. It has a golden color and a nose with plenty of yellow plum, citric notes of tangerines and orange peel, hints of smoke and vanilla and a chalky feeling. It’s still young but accessible, and should age well. Drink now-2017. (Jun 2014)