This 100% Pinot Noir wine comes from our vineyards located in the Leyda Valley, 14 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. Due to its proximity to the sea, the Leyda Valley is a unique site for winemaking. The cool climate in spring and summer, a result of the maritime influence and summer breezes, make this an extraordinary area for the cultivation of grape varieties from Burgundy such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Las Brisas vineyard was planted in 1998, in a southwest oriented slope at Leyda Estate. Because of this exposure, the parcel receives slightly less sunlight and greater exposure to ocean breezes. Consequently, the ripening process occurs at a slower pace, contributing to the development of different and special flavors and aromas. The yield in this parcel was 7 tons per hectare.
The grapes were harvested by hand on two dates between March 25th until April 5th at 23.8-24.0° Brix. The clusters were selected in sorting tables and de-stemmed, before a berry-by-selection of the grapes, followed by a gentle crushing of the selected fruit. The grapes were then chilled to 10°C for cold maceration during 4 days under anaerobic conditions prior to selected yeast inoculation. There is no pumping in any part of the process.
Alcoholic fermentation was carried out at 24°C for seven days, during which the cap was punched down three times per day, reducing to one time per day at the fifth day, in open stainless steel tanks. After fermenting to dryness, 30% of the wine was racked into first-, second-, and third-use French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aged there for 10 months. 70% of the wine was aged in stainless steel tanks in order to enhance the fruit character of the final blend.
Bright, with a strong Pinot character, this wine displays spicy, subtle wild herb and earthy notes, a good minerality, and a sour red fruit profile of raspberries, cherries and blueberries. It is delicate, refined, and juicy on the palate, offering a lasting finish with lively acidity.
Pair with grilled mushrooms and grilled fatty fish such as salmon or tuna.