(2011) >From one of Chile's most exciting Pinot producers and regions, this is fabulously ripe and deep with masses of succulent cherry fruit and chocolate, a minty concentration and terrific, plush confidence. The palate has gorgeous fruit weight too, the silky tannins, creamy, dark oak and delicious red fruit and rhubarb tones that retain a little edge. A seriously good New World Pinot Noir this.
(2010) West-facing block with fewer hours of sun and lower temperatures. Harvested late. 10 months in French oak, 15% new. Very herbal, floral nose, with a hint of geranium, light, herby cherry fruit. The palate bursts into life with lovely, bright, keen-edged fruit with lots of cut and life, very nice acids and just a smooth suggestion of ripeness and chocolate in the finish.
(2010) One kilogramme per plant yield, long pre-ferment cold maceration, punching down in open top fermenters. 10 months in oak, 20% new. Dark, more earthy and brooding concentration. Quite bold fruit and a touch of something smoky and herbal, like sage leaves. The palate has more tannin than the other cuvees, with a grippy core and good acidity, and a deep, structured fruit. That hint of leafiness is still there, helping to add freshness. Â£17.50, The Wine Society
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