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A Delicious Pinot Noir at Sub-£10 a Bottle? Yes, Seriously!

2020 Adobe Pinot Noir Reserva, Emiliana, Bio-Bio, Chile @ £53.70 per case (6)

“To have Pinot as delicious as this at under £9? It’s a no-brainer.” Jonny Wren

I was away in the Cotswolds at a family gathering over the weekend and at Sunday lunch at a local pub it was my task to order a bottle of red. A very reasonably priced Burgundy had caught my eye (reasonable for Burgundy anyhow) which I requested, however a few minutes later the waitress returned with the list to say that ‘due to supply issues’ this was not in stock and could I choose again. Well, I had also noticed an even more reasonably priced Côtes du Rhône from a top producer so that was an easy decision but very soon she returned to say that my second choice was also not available. I was now beginning to feel like I was appearing in Monty Python’s Cheese Shop sketch and dreaded that each request would receive a more surreal reason for not being in stock – plus the main courses were now sitting on the table and a quick decision needed to be made. As I was in the mood for Pinot Noir I took the plunge with one from Chile from a producer I was familiar with and, to the relief of all, it turned out to be a very enjoyable drop of red.

Over recent years I have avoided Chilean Pinot Noirs as I previously found them a bit overripe and too high in alcohol but as I sipped this one, it occurred to me that I had tasted another at an event in September that had already put paid my concerns. Yes, I remember being totally bowled over by its elegance, complexity and, more than anything else, by the price. No time to lose – a quick call to the importer on Monday morning assured me that there was still some stock available and I snapped up 30 cases. So, I highly advise those of you looking for a bargain to ‘get stuck in’!

Established in 1998, Emiliana is one of Chile’s pioneers in organic and biodynamic winemaking. In 2016 they were voted winery of the year by Wines of Chile and they own vineyards in prime sites including Casablanca, Maipo, Cachapoal and Bio-Bio. It is on the red clay soils of Bio-Bio where they plant most of their Pinot Noir vineyards. Here there is a moderate humid Mediterranean climate with warm days and cool nights. There is higher rainfall, stronger winds and more extreme conditions than in the northern regions. Here vine growing requires great skill and patience but these virtues pay off with quality of fruit that the ‘terroir’ can produce. At the winery the grapes are pressed at a low temperature to extract colour and complex aromas. After fermentation (also at a low temperature) 10% of the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 6 months to give extra complexity and the remainder remains in tank. The two are blended together just prior to bottling and the result is one of the most elegant and complex Pinot Noirs you’ll taste at this price point.

2020 Adobe Pinot Noir Reserva, Emiliana, Bio-Bio, Chile @ £53.70 per case (6)

“An elegant but pronounced nose of fresh strawberry and red cherry start proceedings nicely. A swirl or two of the glass produce touches of sweet spice too. Take a sip and you’re immediately enchanted by the fruity finesse and soft minerality. Elegance may be the name of the game here but there’s certainly a bit of body too as the wine puts on weight in the glass. There’s more ripe cherry on the finish and this lasts far longer than you dare to expect from a wine at this level. To have Pinot as delicious as this at under £9? It’s a no-brainer.” Jonny Wren, Songbird In Chief

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