Odfjell, Orzada Carignan, Maule, Chile, 2020
One of the best boutique organic wineries in Chile, Odfjell Vineyards are committed to producing wines with elegance and poise, from their vineyards in the Maipo, Lontué and Maule valleys.
As one of the founding members of Chilean Organic Winegrowers, Odfjell’s certified organic, biodynamic and sustainable portfolio consists of superlative old vine Carignan, in addition to more traditional varieties and blends. Cover crops and beehives amongst the vineyards aid biodiversity, whilst small Fjord horses work the land. Established by Norwegian, Dan Odfjell, with winemaking now in the very capable hands of Francisca Palacios (who takes over from Arnaud Hereu after 25 years at the winery). The two worked together on vintages since 2019, and with Francisca’s meticulous approach, work with native yeasts and deft touch, the wines of Odfjell will no doubt continue to grow in terms of quality and reputation over the coming years.
Cauquenes is located in the Maule Valley, 175 metres above sea level. the soil is deep red clay loam. The high temperatures are moderated by cool breezes from the Pacifc Ocean, and shoots are removed in late spring, leaves are pulled before fruit set, and the best clusters are selected before harvest.
The grapes were handpicked, and the bunches were destemmed but not crushed. The whole berries then underwent a four-day cold maceration prior to fermentation in 10,000-liter tanks using native yeasts, followed by a 10-day post-fermentation maceration at 25ºC. Malolactic fermentation took place spontaneously in tanks.
No oak ageing
Orzada is the Spanish word for “sailing into the wind”. The Orzada range of quintessentially Odfjell wines showcases their oenological search to better express each variety and place. Focusing on liveliness and length, these wines are crafted from fruit selected from organic and biodynamic vineyards in Maipo and Maule. Deep and intense ruby colour with a touch of violet. This wine displays a never ending mix of aromas such as cherry liqueur, liquorice, white fruit such as apricots, white peaches, pears and a touch of lychee. A note of jasmine to wrap up. A refreshing experience.
Spiced chicken balti, cassoulet, poulet basquaise (Basque-Style Chicken)
6 x 75cl
Award: Tim Atkin Chile 2022 Special Report 93 Points