Yali’s Bevy Of Wild Swans - The Natural Choice

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Yali’s Bevy Of Wild Swans - The Natural Choice

Yali is the wine with an environmental conscience from leading Chilean producer Viña Ventisquero.  Just landed on the UK shores are its Wild Swan Sauvignon Blanc 2018 and Wild Swan Merlot 2018.

Yali is named after the Yali Wetland in central Chile, which has been a CONAF (National Forest Corporation) protected ecological reserve since 1996 and is home to over 176 species of birds, including wild swans.  VV’s winery is located in the same valley, and was the first winery to obtain the ‘Certified Sustainable Wine of Chile’ accreditation for 100% of its vineyards. 

“We take great care to practice eco-friendly winemaking and have done so for a number of years now,” explains Yali’s winemaker Sergio Hormazábal.  VV operates a sustainable management plan in their vineyards, favouring organic products to keep pests and disease in check, and operating controlled irrigation systems to save water.   “Making wine is a creative process that leaves a legacy and should not happen at the expense of our planet,” says Sergio.  “In fact, we have proved that by working in partnership with the environment we can create an even better wine, with increased freshness and intensity.”

Yali Wild Swan Sauvignon Blanc 2018 & Wild Swan Merlot 2018               12.5% ABV
RRP £ 7.50 Co-op

Yali Wild Swan Sauvignon Blanc 2018

The hot January and February temperatures allowed the sugars and tannins in the grapes to concentrate and fully ripen, and the clusters were picked over a three week period.  A cold maceration for six to 12 hours, to increase the aromatic potential, was followed by a slow fermentation at between 13-15°C which enabled the fruit aromas typical of this varietal to be coaxed out.  Post fermentation, the wine was aged on its lees for four months, with regular and gentle battonage to give additional texture.

The nose is intense, with a blend of citrus and tropical fruit aromas and the wine is medium-bodied, and has a good freshness thanks to its vibrant acidity.   Delicious as an aperitif, the Yali Wild Swan Sauvignon Blanc is great with fish, seafood and vegetable dishes.

Yali Wild Swan Merlot 2018 

The fruit comes mainly from Viña Ventisquero’s Trinidad Vineyard in Maipo.  The hot summer and cooling fresh Pacific Ocean winds, which helped lower afternoon temperatures, allowed the grapes and tannins to ripen slowly and the sugars to concentrate.

Viña Ventisquero uses a full air mixing fermentation to give more effective aeration to the yeasts.  This slows down the process, which takes place in stainless steel tanks, and makes it more controlled.  The result is good colour in the wine and a better and more pronounced definition of fruit aromas.

Thirty percent of the wine was aged for four months in French oak, and a further six months of bottle-ageing took place pre release.

The Yali Wild Swan Merlot 2018 has attractive plum and cherry notes, with hints of cinnamon, tobacco, vanilla and chocolate.  The tannins are velvety smooth, and the wine has a fresh elegance to its red berry character.  Delicious with hard cheeses and pasta dishes.


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Date of issue:                   2 November 2018

Further information:      emma wellings pr      020 8996 5168      emma@ew-pr.co.uk