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Las Pizarras Pinot Noir 2016 (99p James Suckling)
The wines of 2016 have an immense sense of purity and tension. The cool spring set the stage for a long season,
even though the overall heat summation was higher than average due to a warm summer. This lead us to believe
that the perfect ripeness of our grapes would arrive early; nevertheless, we were proved wrong by a gentle sugar
accumulation, reaching a prolonged, even ripening through harvest. The resulting wine possess great site
specificity, depth and quality.
Sourced entirely from our Aconcagua Costa Estate from specific lots that have a significant component of
metamorphic rock including slate (pizarras, in Spanish). Given the extremes of this cool climate site, as well as the
uniqueness of its soils and elevations, each small block ripens at its own pace. Its proximity to the cool Pacific
Ocean and its well-drained soils, with high level of slate and metamorphic rock, allow the Estate to produce Pinot
Noir of exceptional complexity, depth, minerality, and natural acidity.
All grapes (82% de-stemmed, 18% whole cluster) were hand-picked and rigorously double sorted out by hand before
placing them directly into small open-top fermenters. 100% of the fruit had a cold maceration at 8° to 10ºC for 4 to
5 days before starting fermentation with 100% native yeasts, followed by an extended average maceration period
of up to 20 days. Daily gentle punch downs made by hand helped to keep the cap moist. Las Pizarras Pinot Noir
2016 was aged for 13 months in 100% French oak, 33% of them new.
Of a cherry red color, it has beautiful violet hues. Complex nose, with reminiscent of rosehip, myrtle, sour cherries and a
refreshing bergamot hint, accompanied by soft notes of marzipan and dried fruit notes. Equally complex and consistent with
what is perceived in the nose, the palate is predominantly marked by fresh red fruit, floral notes, with some subtle notes of moist
soil, citrus fruits, sweet spice and brioche. Very well structured, with fine and elegant tannins that deliver a chalky finish. A
wine that displays a balance between amplitude and length very well achieved that allows to talk about power and elegance in
a harmonious and persistent outcome.
Information about Las Pizarras Pinot Noir 2016
COMPOSITION: 100% Pinot Noir
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.49 g/L
TOTAL ACIDITY: 5.82 g/L
AGEING: 13 months in French Oak barrels, 33% new.
James Suckling (99p)
“The mineral, stone, slate and violet aromas are superb. Full body, dense and silky texture. So much beautiful fruit yet it's so reserved and rened. Layered and complete. Fantastic acidity at the nish. Iron, iodine and oyster. Long nish. Fantastic follow up to the 2015.”