Viviana Navarrete, chief winemaker of Viña Leyda, talks about hes experience in the coastal valley, her fascination for the sauvignon blanc and what she learned with Ignacio Recabarren, who she considers her teacher and master.
Decanter Magazine selects Chile´s TOP 15 Producers
“One of Chile´s finest producers, exemplary for its consistently rewarding cool-climate wines that offer outstanding value for money and wonderfull diversity. At Viña Leyda, the range is superlative: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Gris, with barely a weak link between them. It´s hard to believe that the property has only being going since 1997, having pioneered the Leyda/San Antonio appellation, which didn´t exist before its arrival. New plantings even closer to the sea – El Granito is barely 3km from the shoreline – bode well for the future too.”
Leyda obtained exellent scores in the last publication of “ Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 2011″.
91 POINTS – Leyda Lot 21 Pinot Noir 2009
91 POINTS – Leyda SV Canelo Syrah 2008
90 POINTS – Lot 5 Chardonnay 2009
90 POINTS– Leyda SV Garuma Sauvignon Blanc 2010
90 POINTS – Leyda SV Las Brisas Pinot Noir 2009
A great result for Vina Leyda of Chile as their Neblina Riesling 2008 came top in a blind tasting of Rieslings from all over the world for Imbibe magazine. The tasting panel, which included such luminaries as the sommeliers of Galvin La Chapelle, Etrusca and Hakkasan, were only aware that the wines were priced between £7.50 and £30 trade, and below 10g of residual sugar, and could be from anywhere in the world. They awarded this winethe highest score overall – beating entries from many more famous regions including Alsace and Germany. Irina Atanasova of Les Deux Salons gave this note: “Alpine in style – floral, with good acidity and ripe citrus fruit, quince, apple, minerality and nuttiness.”
In January 2011, The Wine Gang announced its annual awards, nominating its “Wine of the Year” in 10 different categories. We are delighted to say that Viña Leyda Cahuil Pinot Noir 2008 won the award for Great Value Red Wine of the Year. Congratulations to Leyda team!
January 2011 / UK
Last week’s announcement of the results of the 8th Annual Wines of Chile Awards, the so-called ‘Bicentennial Edition’, got rather submerged by all those Burgundy 2009 tastings notes, I’m afraid, but I hope it is better later than never to announce that Tabalí Reserva Especial Syrah 2008 Limarí Valley was voted Best in Show and that probably the winery with the best overall performance across the board was the ever-reliable Viña Leyda, whose wines can offer such great value. Some of the winners are shown here.
Viña Leyda won a total of five out of the 18 trophies awarded, with Viña Leyda, Garuma Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Leyda Valley winning joint best Sauvignon Blanc and Best Value White. The Best Value Red trophy went to Viña Mayu, Elki Syrah 2008 Elqui Valley.
January 2011 / Chile
“7 awards were carried between the two wineries in the AWOCA 2011″
“A very intense moment for the Chilean Wine Industry was held during the Annual Wines of Chile Awards. The activities began early in the morning at Hotel Grand Hyatt Santiago, with a seminar that brings together all the presentations of the invited international jury. Up next, chilean wines were awarded after three days of blind tastings. It was a fun and dynamic closing event , where Viña Leyda and her sister, Tabalí, won with a total of seven awards, to become absolute stars of the night. ”
January 2011 / Chile
“Last night was the 8th version of the Annual Wines of Chile Awards (AWOCA) where thirteen judges from all around the world recognized the best of Chile.”
“And if Tabalí won the grand prize, the most acclaimed vineyard for their excellent performance in the competition was his sister Viña Leyda, which took five awards: for Best Sauvignon Blanc, Best Other White Varieties, Best Pinot Noir, Best Rosé and Best Value White. ”
December 2010 / UK
Towards a new Chile (Part Two)
92 points – Single Vineyard Cahuil Pinot Noir, 2009
“Winemaker Viviana Navarrete makes a number of good Pinots, yet this is the one to buy. It’s quite a concentrated style – there’s more than a hint of Central Otago here – but there’s opulence and freshness in equal measure, with toasty oak, some wild strawberry and a stylish, blackberryish finish.”