Viña Luis Felipe Edwards
The history of Viña Luis Felipe Edwards (LFE) dates back to 1976, when Luis Felipe Edwards Sr. purchased the Fundo San José de Puquillay estate, located in the Colchagua Valley, a premier viticultural region in Chile. The estate sits nestled in a secluded horseshoe-shaped valley, separated from the majestic snow-capped Andes by the smaller San Fernando ridge. At that time, it was planted with 60 hectares of vines dating back from the beginning of the 20th century, consisting mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Carmenere and Merlot. In the early Nineties, Luis Felipe Sr. decided to make wine under his own name and so built a modern winery equipped with the latest state of the art techNology. The first vintage, Luis Felipe Edwards Cabernet Sauvignon 1994, was launched on the international market in late 1995 and is still drinking well to this day, a testament to the level of quality of LFE wines since day one.
Soft, pale straw in colour this wine has an intensely floral nose with hints of ripe peach. Full and rounded on the palate ending with a long honey-like finish.
Super with Spicy chicken dishes
The Viognier grapes for this wine are picked by a combination of machine and hand-picking from the warm central valley area, with the grapes cooled overnight prior to pressing and the clear juice settled in tank for 2 days prior to ferment commencing using natural yeasts. The Viognier ferments for around 21 days in thermo-regulated steel tanks, with a small adjustment of acidity if needed. The finished wine is then racked into a series of tanks to release any lees and to clarify the wine, prior to filtering and bottling in early spring.
"Chile is beginning to produce some interesting examples of Viognier with good varietal character. This is another that has that slightly musky apricot kernel flavour that can be elusive at this price, but there is an attractive rounded peachiness too. Drink it with mildly spiced curries or rich, creamy soups." Decanter Magazine, February 2021