Las Pizarras Pinot Noir 2015 (99p James Suckling)
Aconcagua Valley is characterized by its Mediterranean Climate with low yearly rainfall, mild wet winters and dry summers. Aconcagua Costa Estate has cool climate growing conditions given its proximity to the Pacific Ocean (only 12 Kms) and its cooling influence. The Humboldt currents brings cool air from the South Pole, and the position of the Aconcagua River , perpendicular to the Pacific Coast allows sea air to flow along the valley. Cool climate conditions make this estate ideal for cool climate grapes including Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, as well as Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc.
Vines in the Aconcagua Costa Estate are planted between 75 and 230 mts in altitude, with most of the plots from 100 to 200 mts. Icon plots lie above the average, Pinot from 95 to 220mts, Chardonnay from 110 to 140 mts.
Wide range of slopes and rolling hills are found in the Aconcagua Costa estate due to the hilly morphology. Slope angle affects drainage, water storage, soil development, and viticultural practices. Plot exposure directly affects exposure to sunlight and therefore temperature, thus influencing the choice of grape variety.
The valley Axis constrains the exposure of the plots, those located on the left bank of the river are dominantly exposed to N, NE and NW. The relief in the right bank is more incised with no clear trend in exposure. Metamorphic rocks with high concentration of slate (pizarras in Spanish). Thin layer of loamy texture on a base of clay and metamorphic rocks.
- Chardonnay plots face South, South East and East.
- Pinot Noir exhibits great diversity, facing mostly West, but ranging from South to North.
Information about Las Pizarras Pinot Noir 2015
•Pinot Noir 100%.
•Specific lots that have a significant component of pizarras (metamorphic rock ).
•85% de-stemmed, 15% whole cluster.
•100% of total fruit is cold macerated at 8 to 10ºC for 5 to 7 days.
•100% native fermentation.
•Daily gentle punch downs by hand.
•Ageing: 13 months in French oak, 30% new.
James Suckling (99p)
“Even better than the debut and great 2014. Perfumed and vivid with strawberry, raspberry, flower leaf, cedar, stone and flint. Full body yet compacted and compressed giving it an ultra-fine palate profile. Tension and finesse. Light citrus finish. Polished to almost perfection. Seamless finish."