The concrete amphora-shaped tanks.
The concrete amphora-shaped tanks.
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Photo credit: Alexandra Balakireva

Welcome to the second in my series of Casablanca winery visits: Bodegas RE is a relatively recent venture by Pablo Morandé and his family.  This is a bold venture in every way and that is its biggest appeal to visitors: if you’ve been to a few other wineries, here you’ll see something a little different.

To begin with, instead of stainless steel tanks, Bodegas RE have clay amphoras and concrete amphora-shaped tanks, where many of the wines are made with minimal intervention.  This is a winemaking team that likes to experiment with different grapes and techniques and some of their results are outstanding – check out their new orange wine Enredo made from Gewürztraminer and Riesling, for example.

balsamic process 2One of my favourite aspects of the visit was seeing the production of balsamic vinegar made slowly in oak casks – the product is a million miles away from the balsamic vinegar you buy in the supermarket and I stocked up in the shop.

Love it or hate it, you can’t fail to notice their bold marketing campaign featuring the letters “RE” – among their wine names are Enredo and Renace, for instance – while other wines are named by mishmashing the names of the grapes that are in the blend (Pinotel, Cabergnan etc.).

The facilities are well-designed for visitors with seating areas and a pleasant area for tastings. The shop is well-stocked with wines, balsamic vinegar, liqueurs made at the winery, together with a range of Chilean gourmet foods and crafts.

Tasting time
Tasting time. Photo credit: Alexandra Balakireva.

Tasting notes

Pinotel 2014 (95% Pinot Noir, 5% Muscat Rose)

Slightly orange, floral, sweet nose. Fresh in the mouth, with a slightly bitter note in the finish.

Chardonnoir 2013 (55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir)

Light golden wine with a medium nose of apples and citrus fruit. This wine compares well with the Pinotel, having more body and acidity and being longer in the finish.

Cabergnan 2009 (80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Carignan)

Intense ruby wine. Herbal notes, figs and cherries on the nose. The mouth has lots of body, big tannins and good acidity. Very nice; one to pair with steak.

Syragnan 2013 (90% Syrah, 10% Carignan)

Intense purple colour. A lovely fruity nose with raspberries, cassis, blueberries. Lots of body in the mouth, moderate, smooth tannins and nicely rounded.

Vigno Viña Roja 2009 (100% Carignan)

Ruby colour. Liquorice, cherries and figs on the nose. A sour edge to it, but big tannins and smooth acidity. Less body than many of the other Vignos. (More information about the Vigno concept here.)

Renace 2013 (100% Carignan)

Purple colour. That classic sour cherry nose. In the mouth, smooth, acidic and earthy.


FACTFILE

Camino Lo Ovalle, km. 1, which is reached from Ruta 68, the main road between Santiago and Viña del Mar/Valparaíso.

Tel. +56 32 274 1234 / +56 9 934 59 114

The winery is open daily (except some public holidays) between 9.30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

You can reserve by phone or email: contacto@bodegasre.cl

See their website.

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