Emily Faulconer

Decanter - - WINEMAKERS -

Viña Car­men, Chile

She’s only 33, but Emily Faulconer had al­ready man­aged to work at sev­eral of Chile’s best winer­ies, in­clud­ing Maquis and Viñe­dos de Al­co­huaz, as well as over­seas at Cake­bread Cel­lars in Cal­i­for­nia, Trin­ity Hill in New Zealand and Château Canon in Bordeaux be­fore tak­ing up her po­si­tion as chief wine­maker at Viña Car­men last year. She lists run­ning as one of her hob­bies and is on a fast track through her na­tive in­dus­try, ‘burn­ing the can­dle at both ends’, as she puts it in per­fect English, to achieve her goals.

So far, she’s only blended and aged wines made by her equally tal­ented pre­de­ces­sor at Car­men, Se­bastián Labbé, but she’s al­ready mak­ing her in­flu­ence felt, re­duc­ing the time in oak for the icon Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon, Gold Re­serve. She has ex­cit­ing plans for the 2018 vin­tage too. Faulconer’s time at Al­co­huaz, where she worked with the in­flu­en­tial Marcelo Re­ta­mal, also speaks for it­self, help­ing to make some of Chile’s most ex­cit­ing reds.

‘Wines tell sto­ries for me,’ she says. ‘At our three prop­er­ties in Alto Maipo, Apalta and Pu­manque, we have a huge op­por­tu­nity with dif­fer­ent soils, ex­po­sures, clones, al­ti­tudes and va­ri­eties to make wines that iden­tify the spe­cific po­ten­tial of each site.’

Car­men, Gold Re­serve Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon, Alto Maipo, Chile 2015 94

‘Wines tell sto­ries for me’ Emily Faulconer

£50 Santa Rita Es­tates UK Emily Faulconer only blended this wine, but her gen­tle touch is ap­par­ent in the qual­ity of the tan­nins. An ex­am­ple of old-vine Maipo Caber­net at its best, with lovely pastille fruit and un­der­stated oak. Drink 2020-2032 Alc 14.5% ➢

Be­low: Emily Faulconer

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