We source excellent wines from all over the world, and our recent wine list addition, Amayna just happens to be one of them!
Our Amayna Pinot Noir is a wonderful full bodied pinot, quite different from the variety found in Australia. We recently show cased this wine at our International Wine Night held in June, and matched it perfectly with a Wagyu Beef fillet.
The winery is located in Leyda, in the San Antonio Valley, Chile, between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountain. The valley runs parallel to the central valley of Chile. It is between the coastal range of hills and the Pacific Ocean situated on gentle rolling hills with poor soils and very dry climate. The proximity to the Ocean delivers a constant cool breeze that cools down the grapes, slowing down the ripening process, which allows for harvesting at the optimum phenolic point.
The winery’s architecture is inspired by its environment: the soft rolling hills between the Coastal Mountain Range and the sea. The surroundings determine the different levels within the winery, which allow for a gentle handling of the grapes and musts.
The wine therefore decants by gravity to preserve all the aromatic potential and strengthen the characteristics of our wines. The winery has a vinification capacity of 285,000 litres in stainless steel tanks with temperature-control jackets and 120,000 litres in Taransaud fine-grained French oak barrels made in Beaune, Burgundy. Amayna produce 18,000 cases per year.
The grapes are picked entirely by hand and brought to the winery in 10-kg bins. The clusters and berries are also hand-selected for cleaner processing and greater quality control. The daily harvest (of not more than 15,000 kg) is cooled down over night at 7°C before crushing.
Gravitational flow implies that pumps are not used in the winemaking process, providing a number of advantages including greater hygiene, reduced maltreatment of musts and wines, less astringency and greater elegance. The barrel room is equipped with a modern temperature and humidity control system that allows them to maintain and improve the quality of the wine ageing in barrels.
Many factors influence the quality of a wine. One of the most important is the high degree of dedication shown by the vineyard work teams. Many generations of the Amayna team were born in this land; they know better than anyone its secrets which go into the magic of Amayna.
Winemaker: Francisco José Ponce Sanhueza
Winemaker: Jean Michel Nouvelle
Viticulturist: Ignacio Casal Larrain
Agriculture Manager: Rodrigo Heredia Sepúlveda