This Pinot Noir draws red-berry vibrancy and white pepper depth from a vineyard in the Pacific-influenced Curicó Valley. A vibrant red berry sprinkled with white pepper.
- Brand:Mai Vino
- Region:Curicó Valley
- Varietal:100% Pinot Noir
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- How much so2 added:53ppm
- Climate:The vineyard in Curicó Valley is located in the central valley between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes. This region has a Mediterranean climate (cool nights and hot days). The vines are original European rootstock from Burgundy. The vines are oriented North-South exposing both sides of the canopy to the sun - optimal for even ripening. The vineyard sits 250m above sea level and has a 3% slope.
- Harvest Technique:We work with vineyards that practice regenerative/organic farming. Regenerative farming can mean many things. The grapes are hand-harvested during the day and de-stemmed in the evening. Lastly, we ferment our own compost. After harvest, all the grape skins and organic matter in the vineyard and fermented into compost that is then redistributed in the vineyard; it takes about four months to create this compost. Beyond the soil, water is distributed throughout the vineyard from a reservoir that houses 100+ ducks. These ducks help to fertilize the water and increase the organic matter spread through the vineyard. We increase organic matter by planting cover crops every spring after harvest. These cover crops protect the soil from pests, weeds, and ultimately the need to use herbicides or pesticides. In addition, it attracts bees and increases organic matter in the soil. After harvest, sheep and llamas are let loose in the vineyards to trim the cover crops, fertilize the ground, and distribute matter around the vineyard with their hooves. Getting help from our friends reduces costs and machinery to mow the grass, improves soil health, and increases the vineyard's biodiversity. What it means to us is enriching organic matter in the soil. Increasing organic matter makes it easier for the soil to retain moisture, increases soil fertility, and recaptures carbon in the atmosphere to reduce carbon emissions.
- Soil:The soil is a combination of sand and the granitic decomposition of the coastal mountain range. This fertile soil is rich in volcanic basalt and limestone. This combination keeps the soil cold and allows the Pinot Noir to ripen perfectly. These soils are far more fertile than those in other wine-producing regions of Chile and have been a major player in the success of the region's wines.
- Vineyard Size:50
- Vine Age (year planted):2001
- Fermentation:Grapes are destemmed, except for 5% whole-cluster bunches. They cold-soak for five days in concrete tanks, where fermentation occurs. The skins are separated before fermentation finishes to prevent over-extraction.
- Elevage:75% of the wine is aged in stainless steel tanks, and 25% of the wine is aged in french oak barrels. The wines are blended together after 9 months of aging.
- Finning & Filtration:We cross-flow filter our wines