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Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2019 edition panel tasting of Chilean Pinot Noir (see blue link below).
Viña Tabali Talinay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 - October 2019 Decanter review
Established in 2002, (Viña) Tabalí is a pioneer and iconic winery situated in Limarí, on the edge of the Atacama Desert in one of the northernmost vineyard regions of Chile. They were one of the first wineries to settle in Limarí and their wines faithfully reflect their place of origin in which climate and soils play a fundamental role, and bring out the potential of each of their vineyards.
See this video (~4 mins - may take a short while to download) for a beautiful snapshot of what Tabali are about.
After years of geological research, Tabalí is the only winery that producers wines that cross Chile from east to west in the same valley, from their incredibly high and remote site of Roca Madre (second highest vineyard in Chile) in the Andes Mountains' Rio Hurtado area down to their cool climate, Camanchaca fog-blanketed vineyards by the Pacific Ocean. In their quest for the perfection, they now also have a site in the renowned Cabernet and Merlot region of Maipo Valley. The result is a range of truly distinctive wines with elegance, restraint and minerality. In 2014, winemaker Felipe Müller was named Chilean Young Winemaker of the Year and acclaimed for his ability to understand Tabali´s distinctive terroir and use it to create remarkable wines, unique to Chile.
The Talinay vineyard is located just 12 km from the Pacific Ocean, hidden away in a small side-valley of Limari. This unique location provides truly excellent conditions for cool-climate viticulture and is (believed to be) the only vineyard site in Chile to be planted over pure chalk/limestone soil – producing elegant and refined wines. The constant breeze that drifts from the ocean and over the vines creates the coolest vineyards in Limari. Proximity to the dry Atacama desert ensures the vines are virtually rot and disease free. Maximum average temperatures in the summer months never go above 23.5°C which in terms of picking means 2 or 3 weeks later than other Chilean coastal regions. The small grapes were gently ripened by the cool summer days, freshened by the coastal breeze and the local autumn mist, the famous Camanchaca.
The fruit was hand-picked in April and underwent careful bunch selection by the viticulture team. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks using traditional vinification methods. The grapes were carefully selected by hand-first the bunches and then single grapes in order to be sure that only the best were fermented after a cold maceration for 7 days. Gentle manual pigeage (punching down of the vat's pomace/solids) took place daily to extract colour and flavours, finally a very short maceration after fermentation took place in order to enhance the taste profile on the palate. 100% malolactic fermentation took place in French oak barrels, followed by aging in barrel for 10 months.
For more detail, click the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from Viña Tabalí themselves.
Viña Tabalí Talinay Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 - fiche technique
100% Pinot Noir.
Pretty crimson in colour. Crushed red cherry fruit and limestone minerality makes the aroma hugely alluring. The palate shows typical Talinay characteristics of bright, fresh fruit and finesse. A wine with great texture with full, finely balanced summer fruit flavours, balanced salty acidity and a persistent and captivating finish. Ideal with grilled lamb, roast duck, guinea fowl ... and well tested at Exel with cheese on toast (particularly good).
ABV = 13.5%.