Awarded 94 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2021 edition expert review of South American Chardonnays (see blue link below for the review).
Vina Leyda, Lot 5 Chardonnay, San Antonio, 2019 - June 2021 Decanter review
Features as part of our whistle-stop tasting of four of the Highly Recommendeds from that review, click here.
Few wineries encapsulate the development of coolclimate winemaking in Chile as well as pioneering Viña Leyda. The first producer to explore this coastal area, a rising star of New World winemaking, it took its name from the local railway station and later lent it to the entire DO of Leyda Valley. If Casablanca Valley represents Chile’s first tentative steps into cool-climate production, Leyda is a series of determined, confident strides: just 14km from the Pacific, the Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah planted here express a crispness, minerality and fine-boned structure not found elsewhere in Chile’s viticultural paradise. Viña Leyda now has more than 200 hectares under vine, but the approach remains one of micromanagement, with detailed mapping of each vineyard and individual lot, and constant experimentation with clonal selection and viticultural techniques.
Lot 5 Chardonnay comes from selected rows in Block N°5, the coolest parcel of Viña Leyda's vineyards, located in the recently-discovered Leyda Valley at 12 km from the Pacific Ocean. Lot 5 is made from a selected area of only 1ha, where the level of calcium carbonate in the soil profile is higher. The viticulture management is focused in obtaining the best quality grapes. The production is dropped down to just 1kg per plant, searching for rich concentration of flavors. Canopy management is conducted in order to protect the grapes from direct sun and then, together with the cool conditions, get a longer and slower ripening period.
For more (vintage, vineyard and winemaking) detail on this Chardonnay, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves
Vina Leyda, Lot 5 Chardonnay 2019 - fiche technique
Elegant and mineral, this Chardonnay has strong character and identity; it has semitropical fruit with ripe citrus, earthy, almonds and honey notes. In the palate it is round and creamy, showing off excellent minerality, lively acidity and a lengthy finish.
Fewer than 5,000 bottles are made each vintage.