Viña Leyda Leyda
Based in the sub-region of the same name this winery has vineyards a few kilometres further inland than those of the nearby San Antonio region just to the north-west. The cooling effect of the ocean provides a benevolent environment for impressive Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Planting of the 249 ha of vineyards was first commenced in 1997 and the first vintage in 2001 showed the area’s potential. Sauvignon Blanc from Leyda, as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Syrah from warmer sites are also being produced. The simplest fruit driven releases take the Reserva /Classic label. There are also a number of well-made and very reasonably priced single-vineyard wines. Falaris Hill Chardonnay is barrel-fermented with a small proportion of new oak used. It offers lightly citrus toasty notes and good intensity. Las Brisas Pinot Noir is aged in older barrels and is marked by attractive, ripe red cherry fruit. A clear step-up are the impressive estate Lot wines. The rich, opulent Lot 5 Chardonnay is vinified with wild yeasts and barrel-fermented and aged in French oak. Pinot Noir Lot 21 is a ripe, dark fruited style of Pinot with real depth and marked toasty new oak. Immediately approachable it will continue to evolve nicely with three or four years ageing. (DM)
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