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Volcanes de Chile, Tectonia Pinot Noir, Bio Bio, 2014

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From vineyards in the far south, wet and foggy, in the Patagual Valley about 15 kms. from the cold ocean, this is at a lovely stage of drinking. The vibrant, primary strawberry and cherry fruit flavours are now softening, becoming more cooked and brambly; and it’s also developing subtle secondary umami notes of savoury meat. It’s taken on some appealing fat too, over smooth tannins. Now-2019

Volcanes de Chile, Tectonia Pinot Noir, Bio Bio, 2013

Product Code: VOL314

Stone, Vine & Sun rating

Medium Bodied

Rated 3 out of 5
Light > Full
  • Origin: Chile
  • Region: Bio Bio
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Colour: Red
  • Bottle Size: 75cl
  • ABV: 13.5%
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"Sweet clove and sawdust from oak, but good juicy redcurrant aromas too. Slightly cooked red bramble fruit on the palate. Light body, gentle chalky tannin with punchy fruit intensity. Perfumed finish. 16/20", jancisrobinson.com, 7th February 2017

Volcanes de Chile is a fascinating project, and one perhaps only possible through the backing of the huge Grupo Vinos del Pacifico. Basically a team of four - a geologist, agronomist, terroir manager and winemaker - have been given the task of finding, and also planting, vineyards on volcanic soils. It’s not impossible: with 900 active volcanoes in Chile, a large proportion of the agricultural land is on such soils. But what the team are really looking for are extreme sites, where (as around Etna, for example) the resultant wines are going to be more expressive of their terroir. For example they are already discovering that volcanic character is more apparent in Andean soils than around the much more ancient Coastal mountains.

The choice of winemaker is all important too. Pilar Diaz has worked with Rafael Urrejola at Viña Undurraga, and Ignacio Recabarren at Concha y Toro, two of the country’s finest winemakers, and she brings a modest sensitivity to the task, trying to emphasise the flavours of the land rather than the hand of the winemaker. With the exception of the Grenache blend below, these are not fruit bombs. Pilar is employing gentle extraction and moderate oaking, in the pursuit of a European style wines with tannin.

At the moment volumes are very small: 2009 was the first vintage here, and only 500-800 cases of the Tectonia wines are being produced. We are the first to introduce these to the UK market, and we believe the Volcanes de Chile wines may revolutionise the way consumers perceive Chilean wine. We also can predict the likely future: critical acclaim and high demand will drive price increases….. so be ahead of the herd and buy now!

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