VIÑA MAITIA - MAULE VALLEY

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Oenologist power couple David Marcel and Loreto Garau are breathing new life into the Maule Valley. David left his home in the Basque Country for love but stayed for the vines, some of the oldest he had ever seen. He became fascinated by traditional winemaking and the current plight of small growers. While remaining faithful to history David and Loreto want to see the world drinking Pipeño. Their wines have our drinking pleasure in mind and the Chilean Old-South at heart.

David works with one vineyard of País, Carignan - 100+ and 80 years respectively - as well as some younger Cab Franc – in the Loncomilla Valley, Un-irrigated bush vines on shallow alluvial soils. The idea is to vinify traditionally but on a marketable scale. Keeping the spirit of Pipeño alive, David destems but is not afraid to whole bunch to increase the juiciness. He ferments and ages in big concrete tanks, presses quickly and bottles the same year.

2015 AUPA PIPEÑO - PAÍS / CARIGNAN

Separate ferments. Grapes are destemmed and go through a very short maceration: 5 days in concrete vats with some gentle remontages. David fills tanks half way to reproduce the form of the traditional lagar – low and wide to have maximum skin contact. He racks the free run juice into concrete tank well before ferment has finished. After a couple of months the dry wines are blended and hang out until September before bottling. This is a wine to drink fresh, chilled, from a tumbler or straight out of the bottle. ‘Aupa!’ in Euzkera (Basque) is a happy battle cry, maybe like ‘Woohoo!’

2014 MAÍTIA - CARIGNAN / CAB FRANC / PAÍS

A nod to the French influence on Chilean viticulture when new cultivars were introduced in the early 20th century to give País more weight and colour. Reversing AUPA, País (10%) now takes a back seat to Carignan (70%), and they are blended with 20% Cab Franc. Vinification as with AUPA but the Carignan saw about 50% whole-bunches. Bottled later in December. Maítia means “My Beloved”.

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