Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2021 edition panel test of Chilean Pinot Noirs (see blue link below for the review).
Vina Echeverria, Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2018 - October 2021 Decanter review
The 2017 vintage was awarded 93 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2019 edition panel tasting of Chilean Pinot Noir (see blue link below).
Viña Echeverria Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2017 - October 2019 Decanter review
Viña Echeverría is a family-run estate winery, owned and managed by the Echeverría family. Established in 1930, but with an agricultural heritage going back to the 1700s, Viña Echeverría is as much today, as always, driven by a shared passion for winemaking and an uncompromising search for excellence. Viña Echeverría combines nearly a century of viticulture and winemaking experience with a modern state-of-the-art winery, to produce a range of over 20 quality wines from nine different grape varieties. It has recently been awarded its Sustainable Winery status by Wines of Chile, as well as its ISO9000 certification.
The vineyard is located in the Casablanca Valley, a cool-climate coastal region close to the Pacific Ocean approximately 47 miles north of Santiago. The proximity to the sea results in a Mediterranean climate, with pronounced maritime influence. The cooling sea breezes from the cold Humboldt stream, tempers the heat of the warm, sunny days and creates cool foggy mornings, ideal for top quality Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The soils are clay and sandy soils, which provide good drainage. Careful pruning ensures the correct balance between canopy and fruit.
2018 was characterised by a lack of rainfall. Nevertheless, it was a good vintage for quality. Frost occurred in spring, along with a large thermal oscillation retaining refreshing acidity. A dry, slow ripening season allowed good flavour accumulation, with low disease pressure. No significant rainfall took place at harvesting, resulting in grapes with excellent varietal characteristic, with some slightly lower alcohol levels.
Cold pre-fermentation maceration took place at 5°C for four to five days, in order to extract colour and primary aromas. Fermentation lasted for 10 to 12 days at temperatures of 26° to 29°C in stainless steel tanks, with selected yeasts. Post fermentation maceration lasted for five days, then 100% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation. 75% of the wine was aged in French oak barrels for six months, adding oak complexity to the final blend.
For more detail, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Vina Echeverria, Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2018 - fiche technique
100% Pinot Noir.
This elegant Pinot Noir combines aromas of strawberries, black cherries and raspberries with hints of chocolate and mocha. The palate is round and soft, with refreshing acidity and balanced fruit. Works well with earthy flavours such as mushrooms and truffles, grilled meats - pheasant or a rack of lamb. Try with oily fish such as salmon and tuna.