Neyen Colchagua Valley
This newly established winery is producing just one super-premium red. It was purchased in late 2010 by Huneeus Vintners, which also owns Veramonte. While the winery and property were fouded only in 2002, the origins of the estate and the oldest vine plantings go back to the 1890s. The original adobe stone winery has been completely renovated and now has a state of the art vinification, cellar and barrel ageing facility. The vineyards in the horsehoe shaped Apalta Valley are protected from maritime winds by the Coastal Range and also have sufficient diurnal temperature variation to aid acidity in the grapes. The oldest vines are found on the plots of around 30 ha that were purchased with the property and have been added to with new hillside plantings of Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. There is a total now of 135 ha planted although only the oldest 30 ha are used for the Espiritu du Apalta and the wine is dominated currently by very old Carmenère and a little Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is made under the consultancy guidance of Patrick Valette of EL PRINCIPAL, who includes Château PAVIE on his resumé. The yield is very low just 5 to 6 tons to the hectare and the fruit is dominated by blackberry, spice and cassis tones all underpinned by a rich texture and powerful, supple tannins. Aged for 12 to 14 months in new french oak the wine is likely to develop well for a decade and more. (DM)
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