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The Connosuier's Grape Is Thriving In Chile

I am becoming increasingly impressed with the quality of New World Pinot Noirs, and it's great to see this grape being cultivated correctly, as is the case with the Rio Rica from Chile's Maule Valley.The thing with Pinot Noir is that it is thin skinned, susceptible to all sorts of diseases and pests and is generally hard work.

I am becoming increasingly impressed with the quality of New World Pinot Noirs, and it's great to see this grape being cultivated correctly, as is the case with the Rio Rica from Chile's Maule Valley.The thing with Pinot Noir is that it is thin skinned, susceptible to all sorts of diseases and pests and is generally hard work.

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For centuries it seemed that only the Burgundians had the skill and climate to produce consistently good vintages from this grape, and the quality of the wines they were producing led to the grand title of the connoisseur's grape being bestowed upon Pinot Noir. What we are starting to see now, is the amazingly consistent climates enjoyed in South America being utilised to produce superbly approachable and fresh tasting Pinot Noirs, that once upon a time seemed unthinkable. I think the most startling thing about these Pinot Noirs, and Rio Rica is a stand-out example, is that they have managed to get something new out of the grape - they are fresh and fruity with a light body and great depth of flavour. Similar to Beaujolais, but with more complexity. Much like Beaujolais, this can be enjoyed slightly chilled on a warmer day, so here's hoping spring is in full swing by the time you get round to opening bottle! 

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