Jun 2014

Vina Koyle: Cristobal Undurraga visits Parker in Madrid

Vina Koyle Royale Cabernet Sauvignon gets 90 pts Parker

“Cristobal Undurraga visited me in Madrid after an oenological tour of Spain just leaving for Santiago de Chile. We tasted and talked about the wines they are producing in Casablanca and Colchagua in their winery, Vina Koyle, in Los Lingues, at the foothills of the Andes Mountains in the Colchagua Valley. There they own 1,100 hectares of land, 80 of which have been planted with vines since they acquired the property in 2006, when the Undurraga family sold Vina Undurraga – one of the better known wineries in Chile. Cristobal, who has planted some Tempranillo in Chile, seems to have clear ideas and is determined to carry them out. He wants wines that express the place and that are drinkable. The soils are mainly clay with granite, and most of the vineyards are planted on a slope, in three different terraces at different altitudes, ranging from 450 to 600 meters altitude. He works with Pedro Parra for the soils, plants at high density (5,000 to 7,000 plants per hectare) and keeps yields to one kilo per plant. This is a new name to follow, as their wines should only get better as they deepen their knowledge of their terroir and are able to work with more native yeasts.” Luis Gutierrez, reviewer Parker