Wines / Chile / Bio-Bio / Itata Valley / Pandolfi Price
Around 500 km south of Santiago, in the Bio-Bio Region, lies chile's cool Nuble Province. Here, in the Itata Valley, the Spanish colonials planted Chile's first vineyards. By the 1800's, the growth of the population centers of Santiago and Valparaiso shifted the center of Chilean winemaking north to the Valle Central, and Itata faded as a winemaking center. The perfect climate and soils remained however, and a small number of wineries continued to operate. Enzo Pandolfi Burzio and his wife, Gillian Price Saffery, bought an exceptional site in the Itata Valley in 2002.
Their background was not in wine at all; Gillian was from a farming family and Enzo was a doctor, although had had a huge love and respect for farming all his life. They found their site through a newspaper advertisement and went to visit it with their son, Enzo Pandolfi Price, who is very much involved in the venture. They immediately fell in love with the farm; 25 hectares of Chardonnay vines had been planted there since 1992 on decomposed volcanic clay soil on the banks of the Larqui River. The family produced their first wine under the Pandolfi-Price label in 2008, and the wines have continued to impress, with one being declared "Best Chilean Chardonnay" by Decanter Magazine.
Meeting with respected Chilean winemaker, Francois Massoc, the family decided to set up on their own and made their first wines in 2008. 2010 was the first vintage released to market. Massoc, who handles the winemaking, trained in Burgundy and brings a European respect for terroir and for restraint in winemaking to these exceptional Chardonnays. Working with long, slow, low-temperature fermentations and minimal intervention, Massoc lets the site, the sun and the fruit speak for themselves.
Pandolfi-Price produces two wines, both Chardonnays. The "Larkun" is unoaked and reminiscent of a Chablis. It does not undergo malolactic fermentation and retains its crisp, fresh style, showing off the pure, fresh, varietal side of their Chardonnay. It is aged on its lees for 18 months to add texture. ‘Larkun’ is the root Mapuche word for Larqui, the name of the river that runs through the vineyards.
The "Los Patricios" is named after Enzo Pandolfi Price’s grandfather. It is cask fermented and aged for 20 months and goes through full malolactic fermentation, resulting in a rich and complex wine, fuller-bodied and in many ways comparable to a fine white Burgundy. Both of these wines have fine, crisp acidity.
Pandolfi price wines
Stainless fermented and aged, no malolactic. Crisp and clean with fresh dairy notes and complex toast from extended lees contact.
"Larkun Chilean Chardonnay is a marvel of Chablis-like finesse made by someone with considerable experience of making burgundy – although he is rightly adamant that he is not aiming to make an exact copy." - Jancis Robinson, MW; Financial Times 11th December 2015
los patricios chardonnay
Barrel Fermented, full malolactic, long lees ageing. Rich and complex, deep and buttery