Vina Gonzalez Bastias Naranjo 2021
Central Valley, ChileLoncomilla, Maule80% Pais, 20% CarignanVINEYARD:The vineyard is located in Loncomilla, Maule, in a valley which benefits from a sub-humid Mediterranean climate where high temperatures in the summer are cooled by the breeze from the Humboldt current in the Pacific Ocean. This 10-hectare, 120-year-old, dry farmed vineyard of low-yielding bush vines is worked without intervention and with a sustainable approach of viticulture. The País grape, also known as Mission grape, has a reputation for low acid and light color, and is a grape variety in decline in Chile. Viña Maitia’s País develops extraordinary concentration and flavor. Old vine Carignan is added for additional structure, color and acidity.VINIFICATION:All vineyard work is done by hand: horse-powered plowing and hand-harvested grapes are fermented with natural yeast in cement vats. Carbonic maceration occurs for half of the lots to emphasize the fruit. Carignan is whole cluster fermented. Maturation occurs in neutral concrete vessels. Wine is lightly filtered before bottling with low SO2 (used to guard against the only vine disease in this growing area - powdery mildew).TASTING NOTES (2020): This wine is a blend of 80% Pais and 20% Carignan from the southern Maule region of Chile and is made in an old style called Pipeño. The wine is light in color with bright notes of crushed raspberry, wild strawberry, and rose petals that lead into underlying hints of dried herbs, mint leaves, fennel and thyme. This fruit driven, easy drinking wine with a bit of animale has fresh acid with low tannin and can be enjoyed with a slight chill.