I am delighted to report that last December, Emiliana were awardedWinery of the year 2015 by Wines of Chile.
Mario Pablo Silva, President of Wines of Chile, announced the news saying,
“Since its foundation, Emiliana has been a pioneer in this country and has made tremendous contributions to sustainability and the production of wine made with organic grapes … its commitment and passion have made it an example to follow, in Chile and around the world.”
Emiliana's winemaker, Alvaro Espinoza is Chile's leading exponent of organic and biodynamic practices, Alvaro’s wines are all marked out by their tremendous purity and depth of fruit, and I have picked out just a few below.
Chicken Run Malbec (€13.95 Buy 1 Get 2nd ½ Price) has intense aromas of black plum and blackberries, elegantly combined with subtle notes of spice on the palate. Silky ripe tannins make for a long, smooth finish.
Novas Garnacha/Syrah (€11.00 down from €16.95) is a deliciously rich and spicy Rhône-blend which is aged in a mix of French and American oak for a silk-smooth finish.
Etnico (€11.00 down from €13.95) has layers of rich, ripe dark-berried fruit backed up by toasty oak, Dubbed 'Little Coyam' it is a worthy sibling to Emiliana's star wine.
All of these wines are true expressions of Alvaro’s winemaking philosophy, but none more than the magnificent Coyam (€22.95). Rich and powerful but still softly textured, it's a bit like a Chilean Châteauneuf-du-Pape.