Viña Ventisquero’s Kalfu Kuda Pinot Noir Riding The Crest Of A Wave

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Viña Ventisquero’s Kalfu Kuda Pinot Noir Riding The Crest Of A Wave

Kalfu is a range of cool climate wines from boundary breaking Chilean winery, Viña Ventisquero.

The concept behind the 9 strong, 3 tier range is simple - Kalfu means blue in the Mapuche language, and the fruit for these wines is sourced from VV’s owned vineyards situated along 600 miles of cool, Chilean coastline.

Kalfu Kuda Pinot Noir 2017                                                                             14 % ABV
RRP £ 12.99 frontierfinewines.co.uk; drinkfinder.co.uk  

In Mapuche, ‘Kuda’ means seahorse.  Appropriate, as the Las Terrazas vineyard in cool climate Leyda where the 100% Pinot Noir grapes come from is just 8kms from the Pacific Ocean.  The four terraces directly face the coast and are subject to the cooling influence of the coastal breezes and morning fog.

The soil on the fourth terrace where these Pinot Noir grapes come from is a mix of granitic red clay and rock.  Winemaker Alejandro Galaz explains:These vines were planted in 2010 so are still quite young.  The granite soil gives a linear, fresh and vibrant tension in the palate.  And the many minerals present in the granite allow the wine to express the classical profile of the varietal and also contribute to its purity.”

The 2017 vintage was characterised by a year of natural low yields and low to medium temperatures in the Leyda Valley.  Grapes ripened more quickly than usual, leading to an early harvest and wines that are well-balanced and aromatic.  After hand-harvesting between 20th to 23rd March, the grapes (including around 15% whole bunches) underwent an eight day pre-fermentative cold maceration.  This was followed by an alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures, for between seven to ten days, with gentle pressing to coax out maximum colour, aroma and texture.  The wine then stood for 12 months in French oak barrels (10% new, 20% second use, 70% third and fourth use).

“We feel this wine is a classic expression of a cool climate Pinot Noir, with its cherry and black berry nose, and hints of soft vanilla and spice from the oak ageing,” explains Alejandro.  “I love this wine with meat filled pasta dishes, chunky terrines, or cheese - especially goat, or creamy cow cheeses.  It has a lovely fresh acidity, but also elegant smooth tannins and a nice texture.”


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Date of issue:                   26 October 2018

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