100% Cinsault, grown by Soledad Camaaño, granite. 60+ yr-old vines. Sandy loam, granite. Skins ferment, pressed when dry (15 days). Stainless steel aged under flor for ten months.
In the south, Cinsault is called la Cargadora (the big yielder) because it was brought in to compliment País - lighter, lower booze, smaller grapes. Truly adopted and now synonymous with Itata, old vines like these are not uncommon treasures.
This wine is a look to the past, when oxygen was an ingredient in winemaking and biological ageing was unavoidable in the giant foudres. Concepción's port, Talcahuano, was the original and historic centre for the wine trade for centuries, when everything was made authentically and by hand and natural wine was real business. Industrialisation and the green revolution have marginalised traditional southern growers who are now for the most part commodity grape suppliers to the industry. This wine and the label are a homage to the time when southern smallholders and port culture were thriving. So2 at crushing and at bottling.
50ppm total 13 free.
Original woodcut print by Amanda Saldivia.
Mike Bennie, Wine Front, 19/01/21 Has all those lovely violet and bloody meat scents, dusted with pepper, dark berries the main fruit feature. Palate is broad, warming but still light, quite succulent, earthy-sweet in a way, more bloody stuff, finishes bright, a little curt, but perhaps you could say refreshing. It’s a lovely slosh into the mouth, supple, pure, light, a little gruff with savouriness in the best sense. I like it very much. 93 points.