Reta Quebrada Chalinga Pinot Noir 2020
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Chilean wine can be divided into before and after Marcelo Retamal. For more than 20 years at the head of De Martino, this revolutionary winemaker - one of the 30 most influential in the world by the English Decanter - forever transformed the wines and the image of his country, discovering its diversity and its best terroirs. The personal project RETA emerged in 2019, and brings 3 wines that synthesize all the decades of insane work to vinify grapes from hundreds and hundreds of plots from all corners of Chile. The 3 exceptional “grand crus” discovered by Marcelo in his brilliant trajectory.
The single-vineyard Quebrada Chalinga is located in northern Chile, in Limarí, near the isolated Bosque Fray Jorge National Park (UNESCO heritage). It was also planted in free standing. Especially cold microclimate, directly influenced by the Humboldt current coming from the ocean that is just 12 km away. Geologically speaking, this vineyard grows on soils that originate in the granite rock of the Cordillera da Costa (Coastal Batholith). However, these soils are also heavily mixed with limestone (calcium carbonate), which comes from a terrace of sedimentary limestone rock located on the seabed that enters the continent, due to tectonic movements and subduction of the oceanic plate (Placa Nazca), in the continental (South American Plate).
Fermentation of 50% whole bunches with a long infusion, very delicate, lasting 30 days. No sulphites are used during winemaking. Aged for 16 months in 228 liter barrels of third, fourth and fifth use.