Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir 2018
Bodega Chacra is located in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia. Founded in 2004 by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, the man has dedicated himself to producing world class Pinot Noir from one of the harshest and remote wine regions on the planet.
A neglected plot of Pinot Noir planted over 70 years ago forms the foundations of the label with more vineyards having been procured over time. He farms these sites in accordance with biodynamics, believing that healthy vines make the best wines.
Pure, minerally and powerful, with concentrated flavors of red plum and dried raspberry, loaded with powerful meaty notes. Sandalwood accents linger on the finish, showing caressing tannins. It’s a delicious example of New World Pinot Noir, absolutely worth seeking out.
AWARDS & ACCOLADES
– 93 pts
The 2018 Barda saw 60% of the volume matured in concrete to keep the freshness and crunchiness of the Pinot Noir fruit in the wine, and the rest was in barrels for eight months. It’s lighter than 2017, which was very concentrated given the extremely low yields, and the wine goes back to the balance of previous years (with normal yields); there’s great harmony and purity here. The palate is fresh, the flavors are clean and pure and there is great length. There’s great energy. It has to be one of the finest vintages of Barda. This is an incredible value, a great Pinot Noir from Río Negro at a very attractive price point. 2018 saw good yields, and they were able to produce around 100,000 bottles.
This is an alert Pinot Noir from Piero Incisa della Rocchetta’s Patagonia winery. It is medium bodied on the palate, showing a light tannic rub. Flavors of cherry and plum are supported by mild wood spice. Drink through 2023.
A brambly array of bright, ripe dark fruit with a lithe and juicy feel that carries a bold, deliciously fresh array of dark-cherry and blueberry flavors long on the finish. Zingy and energetic. 10 to 15 per cent stems in fermentation. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.