For hundreds of years, the only grapes grown in the Elqui Valley were used for the nation’s most popular spirit, Pisco, a yellowish Brandy made from fermented grape juice. It wasn’t until the early 2000’s that the Oliver Family came in and started Viña Mayu, eager to prove that the region’s unique weather patterns with chalky limestone and clay soils would actually be perfect for some varietals: specifically Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc.
The best part of Chilean wines? The price tags they still carry. With lively, sophisticated Sauvignon Blancs, this is the type of quality that commands $25+/btl in the States for domestic Sauv Blancs, and has even gone above $20 for a lot of the bottles out of Marlborough, NZ. But today, we’re right in the sweet spot- with a $15/btl of delicious Sauvignon Blanc, down to just $13.50/btl on cases.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate called 2019, “a very good vintage overall in Chile” and honed in on Vina Mayu in particular. The winery earned several 90+ scores for their 2019s including an excellent 90pt review for this beauty. That’s a strong vote of confidence for a little known producer in an unheralded region that with wines this good, will not be flying under the radar much longer.
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90 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc has a pungent nose with notes of green peppercorns and green beans, intensely herbal, with the characteristic lightness of the northern wines and high altitude. This has the influence of the coast and has a somewhat salty aftertaste, pungent flavors and a refreshing mouthfeel.