While Chile boasts many terrains suitable for Pinot Noir – from the heights of Elqui through to the cool low lands of Malleco – there is one valley that came out to celebrate their affinity with the French variety last week: Casablanca.
Hosting their annual Pinot Noir night in Santiago on 9 December, 12 wineries from the Casablanca valley presented their latest harvests of the renowned variety for a special tasting for press and the industry.
The valley is renowned for Pinot Noir production because of its cooler climate with the maritime influence of the Pacific ocean nearby. “The typical Pinot Noir from Casablanca is very fresh with good acidity, and great nerve, but with a full palate,” says Mario Bertoni, winemaker at Vina Casablanca. “To describe it in one word – it would be freshness!”