Chilean Pinot Noir: panel tasting results
Viña Ventisquero, Grey, Leyda Valley 2011
Decanter average score: 18.5pts/20 (95/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Isa Bal MS 18.5 Peter Richards MW 18.5 Dirceu Vianna Jr MW 18.5
This brilliant wine represents the confluence of a good coastal site, an excellent vintage and a confident winemaker. The secret to making this Pinot, says Felipe Tosso, was ‘the least intervention possible’. Ventisquero’s Pinot vines at Las Terrazas, a south-facing slope over decomposed granite in Leyda just 7km from the cooling Pacific, are relatively young. But this herb-scented, tangy and elegantly textured wine is sensitively made. The 2011 vintage was long, dry and cool, ideal for this kind of zippy, vital style.
Isa Bal MS: Vegetal, earthy aromas follow on to a palate with soft tannins, refreshing acidity and a long finish. The fruit is really rich, with the game flavours adding a secondary layer and really increasing the complexity.
Peter Richards MW: Smoky, vegetal, earthy red fruits. Zippy, tangy, lean and direct. Real accent on freshness. A different register for Chilean Pinot.
Dirceu Vianna Junior MW: Seductive notes of blackberry jam, wet earth and black cherries. Ripe, juicy and concentrated. Silky, smooth, savoury.
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