Origin: Viña dos Andes, Bío Bío Valley, Chile
Taste guide: Medium bodied, plum, cherry and raspberry fruit flavours, leathery, earthy, oaked
75cl - 13.5% - normacorc closure
Produced and bottled on the Estate
The Bio Bio Valley is one of the rising stars in Chilean winemaking. Located approximately 550 kilometres south of Santiago and just 30 kilometres from the Pacific Ocean, this is one of Chile’s southernmost viticultural regions. Here the Coastal Range is at its lowest, which increases the ocean’s influence. It has its own microclimate with warm days, cool nights, abundant precipitation and volcanic soil. These are ideal conditions for cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir.
Grapes from Porta's Negrete Estate Vineyard were hand harvested and transported to Porta's winery in Cabrero, Biobío valley. The grapes were de-stemmed and gently crushed then given cold maceration in stainless steel vats for 5 days prior to fermentation. The cuvées were transferred to old French oak barrels for post fermentative maceration for 5 to 21 days based on tasting. The various cuvées were then aged in barrel for 8-10 months before final blending and bottling.
The resultant wine is deep and intense ruby in colour, with a ripe and aromatic nose. The palate shows flavours of black cherries, strawberries, and raspberries, with a powerful, sweet nose. There is a lingering flavourful finish with velvety, gentle and ripe tannins. This is a fine and elegant wine with well-balanced levels of alcohol and acidity thanks to a year of slow ripening for the fruit.
Porta is a multi award winning winery with its premier wines gaining top marks from Robert Parker, so any wine from them is very good.
This Vintage - 2013 - was the most highly rated of recent years by subscribers to the respected VIVINO website.
Sells for well over £9 elsewhere - Binendwines' price is now just £5.95.