Vina Leyda Pinot Noir Lot 21 2013 750ml
SKU 776140

Vina Leyda Lot 21 Pinot Noir 2013

Casablanca - Chile

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Rated 91 by Decanter
A little earthy and funky with meat and dried strawberry character. Medium body, good tannins and a spicy meat undertone. Delicious and satisfying for those who like a decadent style. Drink now. (Suckling)
Rated 91 by Robert Parker
The 2013 Pinot Noir Lot 21 is produced with selected grapes from 1.5 hectares in the Block 21 inside El Maitén Vineyard, which was planted in 2009 on shallow soils with clay and quartz over a bed of granite mother rock. They used 15% full clusters in the fermentation in open stainless steel vats, which was provoked exclusively by indigenous yeasts. Malolactic was in French oak barrels, 10% of which were new, were the wine matured for around ten months. The soils are different, but the grapes are sourced from the same vineyard as the Cahuil. It's perhaps a little earthier, spicier, still showing those notes of strawberry preserve and even hints of forest floor. It has good tension and verticality. From 2014, they started experimenting with 2,000-liter foudres and egg-shaped cement vats in their search for the tension and verticality of Pinot Noir. 6,000 bottles produced.

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Varietal: Pinot Noir

Whilst the Pinot Noir grape varietal has its origins in France, and is most closely associated with fine Burgundy wines, it is now grown in almost every wine producing country in the world. There are many reasons for this – the densely packed, deep black bunches of fruits are responsible for making a wide variety of excellent wines, generally agreed to be amongst the most drinkable and accessible one can find. With flavors ranging from currants and red and black berries, to more earthy, spicy notes, Pinot Noir is a versatile varietal which is revered for its relatively light body and beautifully vivid red color However, the grapes themselves are notoriously susceptible to various diseases, and struggle in fluctuating climates. This has not stopped wineries planting and cultivating these vines, though, as Pinot Noir, when grown carefully and treated properly, is a grape with a wide and increasing fan-base, and more often than not produces wonderful wines.

Country: Chile

Chile has a long and rich wine history which dates back to the Spanish conquistadors of the 16th century, who were the first to discover that the wonderful climate and fertile soils of this South American country were ideal for vine cultivation. It has only been in the past forty or fifty years, however, that Chile as a modern wine producing nation has really had an impact on the rest of the world. Generally relatively cheap in price,Whilst being widely regarded as definitively 'New World' as a wine producing country, Chile has actually been cultivating grapevines for wine production for over five hundred years. The Iberian conquistadors first introduced vines to Chile with which to make sacramental wines, and although these were considerably different in everything from flavor, aroma and character to the wines we associate with Chile today, the country has a long and interesting heritage when it comes to this drink. Chilean wine production as we know it first arose in the country in the mid to late 19th century, when wealthy landowners and industrialists first began planting vineyards as a way of adopting some European class and style. They quickly discovered that the hot climate, sloping mountainsides and oceanic winds provided a perfect terroir for quality wines, and many of these original estates remain today in all their grandeur and beauty, still producing the wines which made the country famous.