Special Report -  Chilean Pinot Noir Project

Special Report - Chilean Pinot Noir Project

While Chile has long been known for producing mostly cabenet sauvignon as well as chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, Bodeaux blends, syrah, and wines from their distinctive camenere grape, its pinot noir production is starting to make inroads and to receive growing attention. Several years ago a group of winemakers and producers in Chile chose to work together to share information and work collectively in the understanding of Pinot Noir, hence the name of the “Chilean Pinot Noir Project”. As such we at Burghound thought ir would be interesting to provide readers with an assessment of the current state-of-the-art regarding wine quality. 

After years of trying, the collective conclusion by many growers was that Chile´s Pinot vineyards were initially planted in areas that were too warm. As such, cooler sectors were investigated and some ultimately planted in the mid-1990`. Now after 20 plus years of experience along with multiple viticultural trial and error experiments, it is increasingly clear that progress is being made. Couple that with many growers taking reconnaissance trips, and serving as interns, to domaines in Burgundy, Oregon Central Otago and California, conducting soil studies an the hiring of experienced winemakers, there is a growing conviction that chile`s pinot producers are finally on the right path to better understanding the true potential of their terroirs. 

The wines submitted were primarily from the Casa Blanca valley, followed by a mixture from the Aconcagua Costa Valley, San Antonio Valley, Leyla Valley and Limari Valley with just a handful from the Traiguén Valley, Maule Valley, Empedrado Valley, Patagonia Valley, Bueno Valley and Atacama Valley. Some of the most well-known pinot vineyards to the north are Tabali and Quebrada Seca Valleys, and in the South there is a lot happening in Bio Bio, Traiguen and Pueblo. The Casa Blanca valley appears to be the most established at this time.

Conclusion: While there were some bright spots, the scores and commentaries will confirm that there is still work to be done. Depending on whether onde choose to view the glass as half full or half empty, the main problem was not so much a lack of quality of the underlying raw materials than just technically flawed wines. The good news is that wine flaws, such as heavy reduction with mercaptans, brett and/or volatile acidity are easily correctable. Moreover, like many emerging wine regions that are slowly improving the quality of their pinots, the vast percentage of the vines are still very young and thus better raw materials are almost certainly in the offing. Couple this with gradually improving viticulutal as growers continually refine what works and what doesn´t and the future remains reasonably bright. Whether Chile´s pinots will ultimately rival those of other nEW world regions remains to be seen but there is clearly reason for optimisn.

Villaseñor Vineyards (Talca, Chile) 

2014 Pinot Noir – Puelo Patagonia red 89 Points
The Villaseñor family ancestors came from Spain to settle in a wine producing sector of the VIII Region of Concepción, where they began to produce wines primarily for their own consumption. The vineyards are located in rural areas with a significant winemaking heritage. Alvaro Cabeza is the head of winemaking projects, viticulture and the wine cellar. Elias Obreque is the oenologist and advising winemaker. For more information visit: www.villasenorwines.com 

2014 Pinot Noir – Puelo Patagonia: (Osorno, Puelo Valley, 12%). An elegant, ultra-pure and airy red pinot fruit nose reflects additional notes of floral and spice nuances. The sleek, delineated and equally pure middle weight flavors possess a fine sense of underlying tension before culminating in a balanced, dusty and mildly dry finale. While the balance isn’t quite perfect, the mild dryness will almost certainly be rounded off by the proper foods. I would add that this is one of the prettiest wines in the entire tasting and if the balance was better, this could have been among the best wines submitted. 89 Points / 2019.

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The world's most southerly vineyard?

For those of us responsible for The World Atlas of Wine, Chile is a nightmare. Every time a new edition is needed, the extent of viticulture in this, the longest and thinnest country on earth, has grown. For the first six editions we could – just – squeeze the Chilean wine map on to one page with our usual north to south orientation. In the seventh edition, vine growing had spread so far north and south that we had to turn the map through 90 degrees and run it across the bottom of a double page spread. 

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Cambio climático "beneficia" a los amantes del vino: Por primera vez producen un Pinot Noir en la Patagonia Chilena


A orillas del río Puelo en la Región de Los Lagos las temperaturas en verano pueden oscilar entre los 14 y 32 grados, lo que hacen que "las uvas logren una maduración forzada en los últimos dos y tres meses de crecimiento".

PUELO.- Hace una década parecía imposible beber un vino de la Patagonia chilena, pero el cambio climático está permitiendo la producción de un caldo de alta gama en sus increíbles paisajes de volcanes y bosques milenarios. El aumento de la temperatura obró el milagro para los amantes del vino. Algunos parajes del tradicionalmente frío y lluvioso sur de Chile son ahora lo suficientemente soleados como para hacer madurar las uvas con las que se produce desde hace dos años el Pinot Noir "Puelo Patagonia", un tinto refinado. "Encontramos un microclima cuyas temperaturas oscilan entre los 14 y 32 grados en verano", explica Sergio Subiabre, director comercial de la viña Villaseñor, productora del vino que se dedica íntegramente a la exportación.

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Visita de Mr Zhao a los viñedos de Puelo Patagonia

Con los primeros brotes de primavera recibimos desde China a nuestro importador Mr Zhao, realizando un recorrido desde nuestras bodegas en Itahue hasta nuestro viñedos en Puelo Patagonia un recorrido sin duda imperdible.

18 de Agosto, día mundial del Pinot Noir

Este 18 de Agosto celebramos el día del Pinot Noir!

Y un excelente exponente para conmemorar esta cepa es PUELO PATAGONIA de Villaseñor Wines, el cual destaca e impresiona por su honesta e inigualable expresión, autenticidad y singularidad que evoca a las condiciones propias, magnificas, insuperables y primitivas de la Patagonia Chilena sus bosques centenarios, ríos cristalinos y hermoso valles, hacen de Puelo un entorno natural ideal para que este vino se transforme en la puerta de entrada a la Patagonia.

Villaseñor disponible en restaurant Don Camaron de Temuco

Villaseñor Wines se hace presente en Temuco, restaurant Don Camaron incorpora nuestra linea de vinos premiun a su selecta carta de vinos...desde hoy puedes encontrarnos aqui y pedir que te recomienden uno de nuestros vinos para acompañar tu almuerzo o cena....

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Presentes en Vinexpo Hong Kong

Entre el 24 y 26 de mayo, estuvimos acompañando a uno de nuestros importadores en una de las mas importantes ferias de vinos de China, en la oportunidad nos visitaron importantes potenciales clientes, quienes degustaron nuestras variedades Kenos, ellos manifestaron que quedaron gratamente sorprendidos por la clara diferenciacion de los aromas y sabores encontrados en cada variedad.

Posteriormente se realizo una cena donde se presento la linea Kenos en maridaje con diferentes comidas de ese Pais, evento que contó con la presencia de altas autoridades de Gobierno y clientes de la Compañía.