MAYU – Our new producer from Chile!

Kensington Wine Market is proud to present Viña MAYU, our new arrival from Chile.

Viña Mayu began in 2005 as an independent company of the Olivier family group; Elqui Valley’s first fine wine producer who entered the wine business at the end of 1998.
Mauro Olivier Alcayaga was one of the pioneers planting grapes for fine wine in different
valley loctions. He started working on his family’s vineyards for table grape production at young age; later he was involved with Pisco production (the national Chilean spirit, made from white wine) and, in 2000, planted the first Carménère and Syrah vines in the valley. Finally in 2005, he decided it was time to embark on his own wine project, under Mayu label. Mayu is an ancient INCA name for the Milky Way, literally meaning
“creek of stars”.
Viña Mayu focus is producing only premium wines from the Elqui Valley, with unique style and personality. – See the short video on YouTube

Vineyards
The Mayu vineyards are located in different sectors of the Valley
Quebrada de Talca: At about 350 mts above the sea level cold climate- just 17/18 km. from the Pacific Ocean- often very foggy in the morning; place for Sauvignon Blanc, Torontel and Syrah.

The vineyards are partially on the flat (close to the Elqui river, in a gravelly soil) and part on the foothill of the cerro Mayu, dominated by the observatory.

El Tambo: At about 550 mts above the sea level, 50 km. inland, drier and warmer; great area for Carmenere, Syrah and also Pedro Ximenez (YUNGAY VINEYARD). Climate conditions are warmer, with less fog in the morning (just from the artificial dam) and much more sunshine.

La Compañia: Just around the main village of valley, Vicuña, at 650 mts., above the sea level, 60 km., inland close to the old bed of the Elqui River where Carmenere, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are growing very well.  The character of the wine is different from the one of the cool climate area, but every year consistent.

Dimaro Vineyards: This is the second highest vineyard in the valley with an impressive Pedro Ximenez, Altitud is around 1000 metres above the sea level and 85 km. away the Pacific coast.  Originally this vineyard was for Pisco production, but Mauro worked hard in order to get a nice PX with a great personality.

Mayu wines at Kensington Wine Market

Mayu Sauvignon Blanc 2013 $15.99
89 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate!
The review: “The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is from a vineyard where there’s an astrological observatory and the wine is both showy and restrained, with piercing herbal aromas and a mineral feeling. The palate is clean and delineated, with moderate acidity and good freshness. A nice Sauvignon at a very good price. Impressive. Drink now.”
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Mayu Carmenere Gran Reserva 2012 $18.99
Originally from France’s Medoc region, Carmenere has become Chile’s flagship red wine grape. This Carmenere Gran Reserva comes from Chile’s lovely Elqui Valley, a place with sunny days and cool evenings. The word Mayu is an ancient Incan word that refers to the Milky Way. Pair this bargain-priced beauty with steak, burgers, roast beef, slow-roasted lamb or even venison.
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Mayu Malbec Reserva 2012 $17.99
Giorgio Flessati has won numerous awards for his magician-like talents as a winemaker in the challenging Chilean area of the Elqui Valley. The vines grow at an astonishing 650 meters (2,132 feet)! The results are magical indeed: Stunning rose petal, violet, loganberry and white pepper aromas. Bright and savoury palate with succulent blackberries and an appetizing spiced game finish. Pair with lamb, steak, burgers, roast beef. At this price, a Stampede must!
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