Valdivieso, one of Chile’s oldest wine producers, has launched the first Caballo Loco Blanco N°1.
Caballo Loco Blanco’s first ever launch coincides with the 30th anniversary of Caballo Loco red. The wine has a reputation for being rather maverick, the Chilean blend broke new ground becoming something of a Chilean wine icon.
The new white wine is a blend of Limarí Valley Chardonnay with Moscatel, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Semillón and Viognier from various vintages (between 2017 and 2020): inspired by the great whites of Rioja. Long and gentle oxidative ageing give complexity to a floral, aromatic white wine – Caballo Loco Blanco No.1 is a wine that is made to match with food and work well on the wine list.
Valdivieso is also unveiling Caballo Loco N°20. The 20th edition of a blended red which explores the amazing variety in Chilean terroirs. Made from Syrah coming from Limarí, Maipo Cabernet Sauvignon and Colchagua Carménère the blend is popular. The Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec come from the Curicó region and the Maule Valley provides the intense Mediterranean varieties; Carignan and Grenache.
The way this wine is made stands out from what you would expect from Chile as each new release brings together 50% new vintage wines together with 50% of wines from the previous release. This is way of making wine that is inspired by the world-famous solera system or making wine. This means that Caballo Loco N°20 contains wines going back more than 30 years.
An innovative new white blend that echoes the indomitable spirit of the original ground-breaking Caballo Loco red
Winemaker Brett Jackson comments: “ Using chardonnay from Limari give salinity and soft acidity and Moscatel de Alejandria from Itatas’ coastal hillside vineyards brings a unique tannic structure. Early harvested Pinot Noir from the southern area of Mulchen add verticality and length and Viognier from Sagrada Familia with Pinot Gris from Casablanca adds layers of flavours and textural complexity. Finally, old vine Semillon from the Curico Valley completes the blend providing waxy overtones.”
Caballo Loco was first released three decades ago, and since then, the Caballo Loco family has grown with the creation of single-vineyard wines to highlight the stand out characteristics from each individual regions. The Grands Crus from Apalta, Maipo, Limarí and Sagrada Familia in Curicó are only produced in exceptional vintages.
Caballo Loco Blanco is distributed in the on-trade and independent sector exclusively. UK distributors are Bibendum Wine / Walker & Wodehouse.