Light straw yellow color; citrus, grapefruit, lime, on vivid nose; grapefruit, apple, citrus, tangerine, peach on the palate.
Nice acidity; firm on the palate and more creamy medium body than a New Zealand effort; crisp, some minerality on the finish. The wine ferments six months in stainless steel tanks, achieving the no-oak, clean feel of this balanced wine.
Concha y Toro Serie Riberas (Riverbank Series) wines come from vineyards near Chile’s major rivers—the Rapel, Cachapoal, and Tinguirica. The vines benefit from the contrast of warm breezes from the Central Valley and cool winds moving up the rivers from the Pacific and from the Andes Mountains. The climate is classified as Marine Mediterranean. The grapes for this chardonnay come from the Ucúquer Vineyard on the south bank of the Rapel in the Colchagua Valley.
Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Sauvignon Blanc 2015 will pair particularly well with shellfish, shrimp, and ceviche. $16-17
Second photo: Concha y Toro vineyard and grounds