Tabali Talinay PAI Pinot Noir 2018 - (3pk)
- Medium bodied
We’re ecstatic about Tabalí here at the ‘Fo. It’s the first time their wines have been in Australia (as far as we know). Their chardonnay was the initial attention grabber (trust me when I say that South America is doing some incredible stuff with chardy right now) but once we tasted the entire range, we were smitten. They have three main vineyards spanning the width of the narrow country of Chile. Talinay is their tiny coastal vineyard and the source of chardonnay and pinot noir that sits amongst the best in the world. Dom is in the Maipo Valley and a great location for elegant and cellarworthy cabernet. Finally there’s Río Hurtado, situated at 1600 metres as you head up the Andes. From this vineyard comes malbec, although made famous in Argentina, which sees some of the best bottlings from this plot in Chile.
This right here might just be Chile’s best pinot noir, their Grand Cru if you will. The critics sure seem to agree. Descorchados, South America’s premier wine reviewer, has awarded this 98 points, Chile’s best pinot noir and Chile’s best red wine. That’s as good as it gets. The vineyard’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean imparts chalky minerality, a subtle salinity and an unreal earthiness to the wine. It’s exceptional, powerful, composed and ageworthy. There really isn’t room to improve on this wine. It borders upon perfection. Just check out the review from The Wine Advocate below.
The Wine Advocate
“The 2018 Talinay Pai Pinot Noir is a new Pinot Noir from their Talinay vineyard, though the name is still not 100% finalized. It was produced with grapes from two massal selections from Vosne-Romanée and Gevrey-Chambertin in Burgundy that were planted ungrafted and with a very high density of 12,500 plants per hectare on a steep slope (30%) inside the Talinay estate vineyard. It's a unique 1.15 hectares of vines that were planted in 2012, and the first commercial wine was produced in 2018. It fermented with 40% full clusters with native yeasts and matured in used French oak barrels for 12 months. The wine is 12.5% alcohol and has very good freshness. It has a meaty, characterful nose that is complex and nuanced, with red fruit and a spicy touch. The palate is truly mineral and austere, with deep flavors and super tasty finish. This goes straight to the premier league of Pinot Noir form Chile. It's an impressive debut, truly spectacular and with a completely different personality, keeping the Talinay saltines and austerity with added complexity and elegance. It breaks the mold. Bravo!”
Full price $200.00 from the producer.
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