The grapes for this wine come from the Itata Valley, which follows the path of the Aconcagua River between the Andes to the east and the Pacific to the west. The valley’s stark, hot terrain is tempered by more moderate micro-climates and cool winter breezes that result in stunningly healthy fruit.
Terrapura’s Pinot Noir is hand-picked at the end of March, crushed, then cold-macerated in stainless steel tanks for five days. Fermentation takes place at cool, controlled temperatures for eight days while oxygen is introduced via gentle cap management. On the nose, this Pinot is intense: aromas of cherries and blueberries and cranberries dominate, accompanied by a hint of pepper. The palate is soft, bright, and silky with good structure and a long, pleasant finish. Perfect as an aperitif or poured slightly chilled with salmon, beef tenderloin, or earthy risotto.
The 2017 vintage is a new release that has yet to be reviewed. Previous vintages have consistently been named Best Buy by Wine Enthusiast.