April 12, Here we are in harvest again, today april 12 we started crush, we have harvested some of our Cabernet Sauvignon, like 4.800 kilos from our first hectare, very nice fruit, beatiful year, as we had a coldish spring, and warm summer. We expect a great year!! I’ll be posting info up.
This Syrah-led blend reflects the sum of its parts. The nose is moderately intense, with berry and cassis aromas along with herbs and spice. It’s full and structured, but not a bulldozer, and the flavors of baked berry, cassis, herbs and chocolate are excellent. Very smooth and heady, with lots of complexity. Drink now through 2016. — 92 Michael Schachner
· Appellation:Maipo Valley, Chile
· Production:1,000 cases
· Importer:Global Vineyard Importers
· In Magazine:3/1/2013
Neal Martin on Antiyal from the Wine Advocate #204 December 2012
2010 Antiyal Antiyal 93 points
The 2010 Antiyal is a blend of 47% Carmenere, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Syrah. It has a very well defined bouquet with blackberry leaf, crushed stone, and limestone. This is very expressive. The palate is medium-bodied with super-fine tannins. It is very well balanced with grace and poise towards the natural, refined blackberry and sea salt tinged finish. This is another beautiful wine from Alvaro. Drink now-2017.
2008 Antiyal - 93 points
The 2008 Antiyal has a penetrating, vivacious bouquet of blackberry, blueberry, crushed stone, and cedar. The palate is vibrant and beautifully structured with fine minerality. It is tightly wound towards the finish with impressive precision and poise. This is a great Chilean wine. Drink now-2018.
2010 Antiyal Carmenere Viñedo Escorial - 90 points
The 2010 Carmenere Vinedo Escorial is aged in Nomblot concrete egg tanks and sees no oak. It has a natural, minerally bouquet with blackberry leaf, wild strawberry and crushed stone, hints of rosemary and thyme in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with light tannins. There are plenty of crisp blackberry and mineral notes that segue into a linear, very focused, harmonious finish that is precise and long. Not a wine for those seeking big and brawny Chilean Carmenere, but it is utterly refined. Drink now-2016.
2010 Antiyal Kuyen - 88 points
The 2010 Kuyen is a blend of 57% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Carmenere and 2% Petit Verdot raised for twelve month in a combination of one, two and three year old French oak. It has a refined bouquet of blackberry, wild hedgerow and raspberry leaf. The palate is medium-bodied with light tensile tannin. It is taut and natural; never entertaining the notion of complexity but with a soft, pleasing finish. Drink now-2015.
Note about the winery :
Although I met dozens of winemakers during my time in Chile, meeting with Alvaro Espinoza is the one that sticks in my mind. Having entered many large-scale wineries producing decent, if sometimes predictable wines, Antiyal came as an antidote with its bijou size, biodynamic practices, the alpacas standing guard at the winery and the charismatic winemaker himself. Alvaro actually studied with Telmo Rodriguez and has lived in Bordeaux. His vines cover just 8 hectares, which includes the original single hectare homestead, although he has purchased conjoining land where he has planted some Grenache. I found his wines to be full of character and personality, wines that demonstrated flair and originality that Chile is beginning to show more and more.
We are in a new cycle, starting again. This spring we have planted 3 hectares : one of Carmenere, one of Syrah and one of Cabernet Sauvignon.
We are very excited this spring because we decided to make the big jump and invest in a solar powered pump: Lorenz from Germany. It is a direct solar pump, so we have to have sun we can irrigate. This is to continue on the path of lowering our emissions and hopefully arriving to be 100% sustainable.
Our spring has been coldish with some rain, good for the new plantings. We really hope you are enjoying our current release 2010. We humbly feel it’s a great vintage. In the next few days, we are going on with the spring works in the vineyard, and on the 1 of December we will bottle our 2011. You are welcome to visit us that day! Bring lots of energy!
So here we are again, another crush, beautiful time of the year, this summer was a bit hot for us, so we have started crush a few weeks in advance, on Thursday march 27, we harvested our Cabernet sauvignon from our house, we got 1.104 kilos, very low yield, we have gone on with the Petit Verdot from Escorial, and now until Thursday , the Cabernet sauvignon from Escorial, this Easter week end, have been doing the first pump overs, and getting the feel of the year.
Antiyal Carmenere 2008
The 2008 Carmenere Alto del Maipo Valley (100%) was fermented and aged in cement tank. Deep purple in color with legs that coat the glass, it offers up a superb aromatic array of herbs, exotic spices, truffle, a hint of balsamic, blueberry, and blackberry. Plush, sweetly-fruited, complex, and pleasure-bent, this intense, powerful offering will benefit from 4-5 years of additional bottle age to fill out. It offers a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2023 and possibly longer. Carmenere does not get much better than this. JM
- 93 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate #199 Feb 2012
Antiyal’s 2008 Alto del Maipo Valley is composed of 52% Carmenere, 25% Syrah, and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 12 months in French oak. It offers up an already complex bouquet of Asian spice, herbal notes, incense, tobacco, blueberry, and blackberry. In the glass it opens to reveal full body, plush, layered fruit, succulent flavors, excellent balance, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Give it 3-4 years of additional cellaring to reveal its full potential and drink this classy effort from 2015 to 2023. JM
- 92 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate #199 Feb 2012
The 2008 Antiyal is a blend of 43% Carmenere, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 18% Syrah. It offers up an inviting nose of pain grille, pencil lead, herbs, olives, and assorted black fruits. Structured on the palate and full-bodied, it will benefit from 2-3 years of additional cellaring. This lengthy effort will be at its best between 2014 and 2020.
- 91 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate #199 Feb 2012
Antiyal’s 2009 Kuyen is composed of 40% Syrah, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenere, and 2% Petit Verdot. Notions of spice box, incense, violets, black plum, and blueberry inform the nose of a forward, spicy, decently concentrated wine that will provide enjoyment over the next 8 years.
- 88 pts Robert Parker Wine Advocate #199 Feb 2012
We had the visit of our importer and distributors from Global Vineyard Importeres in USA, at the end of Chilean summer recently.
The San Pedro flower lent good vibrations!