Caliterra Tributo Sauvignon Blanc is a single vineyard wine made in the Leyda Valley. The Leyda Valley is a cool climate wine-growing region (due to the influence of the cold Humboldt Current of the Pacific Ocean) located some 55 west of the Chilean capital, Santiago. Caliterra was established in 1996 as a joint venture between the families of Robert Mondavi and Vina Errazuriz. In January 2004 Vina Errazuriz became the sole owners of Caliterra, at the heart of which is the impressive 1000ha Caliterra Estate. The name Caliterra is taken from ‘Calidad’ spanish for quality and ‘Tierra’ meaing land.
The grapes for the Caliterra Tributo Sauvignon Blanc are sourced from Caliterra’s Alegre Vineyard and it is 100% Sauvignon Blanc. They are hand-picked very early in the morning to keep the fruit cool before processing. The grapes are gently de-stemmed and undergo a period of cold maceration prior to pressing. Fermentation takes place at a cool 14C to preserve the wine’s freshness, aromas and intensity. It is not oak aged but there is lees stirring to provide more complexity, creaminess and texture in the wine.