The Espinal vineyard is located in the coastal part of the valley. In the coastal area where this vineyard is located (24km from the sea), the alluvial terrace reveals different levels of clay at the surface. This gives way to a matrix of alluvial soil (volcanic rock which was rounded by erosion as it was carried many kilometres from high up in the mountains). This soil is very stony but has veins of limestone in the form of dust, mainly consisting of calcium carbonate. The limestone rocks in the high peaks of the Andes mountains were dragged by melting ice to the lower parts of the valley and deposited there as dust mixed with alluvial soil. This phenomenon is what marks the Limarí Valley as immediately different from Chile's other wine regions, as limestone produces very refreshing, mineral wines in a style quite different to those from the rest of the country, even cool areas. The grapes were hand-harvested into 20kg-bins to avoid any damage to the fruit. The harvest began in mid-May, when this variety had reached the optimum aromatic and phenolic ripeness. The fermentation took place in small stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. The maceration occurred after the alcoholic fermentation. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.
This wine is violet red in hue. The nose delivers plums, sour cherry, other ripe red fruits and aromas of violets. It is intense with a lovely freshness and fine tannins and the finish is long and fruity.
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Decanter World Wine Awards 2022