I’ve been critical in the past with Woolworth’s importing this brand at least 2 vintages behind, especially with the white wines, however it seems they’ve got this one straight off the bottling line and shipped across the Pacific (at least, I hope it came from that direction. The footprint to come the other way would have been even more extreme). Made by behemoth Concha y Toro and sourced from Casablanca, Limari and Rapel Valleys in Chile, winemaker is Marcelo Papa.
Casillero del Diablo, Chardonnay, Chile, 2017
Soft gold with green highlights still only peeking at the edges. French oak influence is obvious with savoury nutty edge over fresh meringue sulfides, light yellow and white stone fruit and an moist earthen depth. The palate is medium full with creamy vanilla, melon and subtle mandarin citrus, matched by balanced acidity providing a fresh edge. Certainly doesn’t shake your blood, but doesn’t invite a sneer either.