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 ten months.
The incredibly dense beetroot red colour is the result of the pure air, long hours of sunshine and diurnal temperature difference in this region. The nose has aromas of warm star anise and ripe damson fruit. The palate is rich and concentrated with dark fruit and fine tannins making this an elegant and well balanced Syrah with great structure and a remarkably long finish.
Try with roast beef and lamb and tasty farmhouse cheeses.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2017