Eq Pinot Noir 2013 750ml
SKU 778842

Eq Pinot Noir 2013

Valle Central - Chile

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Rated 93 by Robert Parker
Sourced from their younger vines from the coastal Valle Hermoso estate in the Casablanca Valley, where all of their Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc is grown, the 2013 EQ Pinot Noir is produced with grapes that have always been worked biodynamically. This is the vineyard that is closest to the sea where the soils are decomposed granite with minerals like mica and iron. The grapes are destemmed but not crushed, and in this 2013 they used a small percentage of full clusters (around 20%); it underwent a cold soak without SO2 for seven days after which the temperature was left to rise and fermentation starts. They do punching down, as they want a soft extraction. Malolactic is in barrel, where the wine matures for 14 months with one only racking. They started in 2011 to harvest a little earlier; in 2013, which was a cool vintage with good yields, the juice was quite pale, ruby with some development and a nose of berries and tea leaves. It is light to medium-bodied but very tasty, with penetrating flavors ending with a salty note. This is superb coastal, marine Pinot. This has had the advantage of one extra year in bottle compared with the 2014, and is very drinkable. 16,900 bottles produced.

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Varietal: Pinot Noir

Regularly described as being the grape varietal responsible for producing the world's most romantic wines, Pinot Noir has long been associated with elegance and a broad range of flavors The name means 'black pine' in French, and this is due to the fact that the fruit of this particular varietal is especially dark in color, and hangs in a conical shape, like that of a pine cone. Despite being grown today in almost every wine producing country, Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult grape variety to cultivate. This is because it is especially susceptible to various forms of mold and mildew, and thrives best in steady, cooler climates. However, the quality of the fruit has ensured that wineries and vintners have persevered with the varietal, and new technologies and methods have overcome many of the problems it presents. Alongside this, the wide popularity and enthusiasm for this grape has ensured it will remain a firm favorite amongst wine drinkers for many years to come.

Region: Valle Central

The Valle Central in Chile has long since been one of South America's most productive and prodigious wine regions, with millions of bottles leaving the wineries of the region each year. The climate of Valle Central is hugely varied, thanks to the many micro-climates caused by the geological features of the region. As such, a relatively wide range of grape varietals thrive there, depending on the location. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot do very well in the warmer, more humid areas, whilst white grapes such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Carmenere can be found at higher altitudes. The region itself has been producing wines for an astonishingly long time; since the 16th century, vines have been cultivated in the Maipo Valley and close to the capital, Santiago, and the wine industry of Valle Central is now stronger than ever.

Country: Chile

When considering the rich and fertile central valleys of Chile, where we find most of the oldest, grandest and established wineries, it is difficult to imagine a more suited landscape for vineyard cultivation and wine production. Mineral rich soils, eight months of sunshine per year, oceanic winds and clear water running down the mountainsides – it is little wonder that the imported Old World grapes do so well here. Chile is renowned world-wide for producing highly drinkable wines, packed full of fruit-forward character and enjoyed young and fresh, as well as being home to more complex wines reminiscent of many Old World varieties. Whilst the Cabernet Sauvignon is widely regarded as being Chile's 'flagship' grape varietal, equally fine produce comes from Chardonnay grapes (indeed, the Sol de Sol Chardonnays are widely agreed to be amongst the New World's finest white wines) the plummy Merlot and silky, intense Pinot Noir.