This cool climate Pinot Noir is a great example of Chile’s ability to produce premium wines. Bright, intesne red fruits and a little spice are balanced by subtle tannins and structure that finishes with a fresh acidity making for a fabulously elegant wine.
D.O. Valle de Casablanca, Chile.
Organic, biodynamic, veggie (fined with egg).
Matetic vineyards embody the pioneering spirit and vision of modern Chilean winemaking. This biodynamic project was founded in 1999 by the Matetic family, originally Croatian settlers who arrived in Chilean Patagonia in 1892. Having established themselves as farmers with extensive landholdings, the fourth generation of the family turned their attention to grapes. Confident of the attributes of the climate and soils in the coastal El Rosario Valley of San Antonio, they planted 120 hectares of vines, and now farm 160 hectares of coastal biodynamic vineyard.
The Corralillo range is designed to showcase the varietal purity possible in this coastal terroir and form Matetic’s ‘entry level’ wines- bright, expressive and fruit forward.
The Pinot Noir grapes used for Corralillo Pinot Noir come mostly from the Valle Hermoso vineyard, located just 12 km from the Pacific Ocean, and planted on gentle hills where they are directly influenced by the cool coastal climate. This closeness to the coast lends unique characteristics to the grapes. Valle Hermoso’s soils are of granitic origin in an advanced state of decomposition, with a presence of mica rich in iron, and a texture without aggregation at a depth, where the roots can grow unencumbered. Thanks to the biodynamic management of the vineyard, the grapes reach a natural balance.
The grapes were hand-harvested and transported to the winery, where they were cooled and then subjected to a strict selection of bunches and grapes. Whole bunches and berries were then transferred by gravity to stainless steel tanks with 8- and 5-ton capacities for a cool prefermentation maceration at 6ºC. The must was fermented using specially selected native yeasts specific for this variety, using only natural yeast nutrients. A varying set of winemaking techniques and extraction methods were used for more varietal expression and complexity. The wine aged in French oak barrels for 11 months to improve the evolution of the tannins and correct aromas.
With an intense and deep red color, this Pinot Noir shows aromas of red fruit like strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry with a subtle spicy note very characteristic of the variety. The tannins are smooth and elegant on the palate, and the vibrant acidity lends a long, juicy finish.
The ideal companion for pastas, mushroom risotto, duck confit, oily fish, light red meats, cheeses, and spicy foods.