The grapes to produce Pinot Noir “Litoral” Viña Ventolera in each sector of the vineyard were analysed according to their taste profile and physiological ripeness and then hand-picked at optimal ripeness. Once the Pinot Noir “Litoral” Viña Ventolera grapes arrived at the winery they were then cooled down for 12 hours before being carefully selected. They were destemmed and transferred immediately to stainless steel tanks, where fermentation took place at 23°C, followed by maceration in a very reductive environment. The total vinification lasted 25 days. The wine was racked into French oak barrels of second passage for a period of eight months. The wine was not fined prior to bottling.
The fruit for this Pinot Noir comes from the most granitic soils in the property. Picked from two blocks that were planted in 1999 and 2002, the vine rows with a south easterly orientation are known as “Block 1” and come from clone 242, whereas the rows with a north easterly orientation are “Block 20” and come from the same clone, 242. The vines are trained according to the Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) method. Careful canopy management takes place with 18 shoots per metre to protect the fruit exposure (less than 15%) and enhance the freshness in the final wine. The vines have two bunches per shoot.
Viña Ventolera is an exciting new venture between founder Vicente Izquierdo and one of Chile’s top winemakers Stefano Gandolini. The Viña Ventolera vineyards, which were planted in 1999, are located in the cool climate region of the Leyda Valley, just six kilometres from the Pacific Ocean. The area is being singled out as being Chile’s newest and most radical cool climate wine region, which is strongly influenced by the cooling effects of the Humboldt Current that flows up from the Antartic. These cooling influences are instrumental in producing wonderfully elegant wines.