Appearance: Deep, bright cherry red color.
Nose: Intense nose of strawberry and spiced wood.
In mouth: Smooth style, with round structure and well-balanced.
Pairing recommendation: Steak carpaccio with capers.
Warm temperate climate with a Mediterranean rainfall regime and a wide range between daytime and nighttime temperatures, resulting from the proximity of the Pacific Ocean (80 kilometers, or 50 miles) and the Andes mountains (50 kilometers, or 37 miles). Requingua — Corner of the Winds in the indigenous Mapundungun language — receives coastal breezes during the afternoon that help keep summer temperatures moderate. Annual precipitation averages about 600 millimeters, or 23.6 inches, concentrated in the winter months.
This Pinot Noir is made starting with grapes from parcels in the Requingua estate’s Tranque sector, characterized by deep loam with clay and colluvial granite material from the nearby hill.
Age of vines: 8 years
Vine management system: Trellis
Density: 3,330 plants/hectare (1,350 plants/acre)
Yield: 12 tons/hectare (4.9 metric tons/acre)
Harvest method: Hand picking, with double selection in vineyard, in the second half of March.
Maceration: 12-14 days.
Extraction: Traditional pumping-over.
Fermentation: Starts with active dry yeast (Bayanus); temperature 18-20 degrees Celsius (64-68 Fahrenheit).
Aging: Wine conserved on its lees in stainless steel vats with French oak staves for six months