This time we are definitely outside of our comfort zone, but every time we are and we taste a wine we enjoy, we learn something new and at best we enjoy a new, unique terroir in the world of wine. Today we just stumbled upon something that just happened to be apparently one of the oldest wineries in Chile that leans towards tradition but also as it seems keen on new techniques as well. The firm was established by the Italian Pietro De Martino Pascualone in 1934 in Maipo, Chile.
They prefer amphora vats and as is the case among many producers in Priorat, and more so in Sicily, they are dedicated to true terroir, i.e. affecting the wine at a bare minimum that is a current trend across the globe. Furthermore, they employ a week’s long cold soak and a 40 days extraction on the skins.
The vineyard, Las Cruces, is located in the Coastal Range, in the area of Pichidegua. It was planted in 1957 and it is a field blend of 75% Malbec and 25% Carmenere. It features granite soils and clay. We read that this is 140 km south of Santiago. The wine makers are Marcelo Retamal och Eduardo Jordan.
Obvious deep purple core with pink edges.
Obvious chewing tobacco, broken granite stone, bay leaves and after some hefty airing, a lovely perfume too.
Immediately reminds me of a combo of Cornas and Priorat at the same time! Dark fruit with thick skins are framed by tiny complex minerals and fleshy tannins. It is generously long and voluptuous, but just lacks some precision. A sappy, fruity wine framed by soft, fleshy and thick tannins. Tasted on 2/11-2016.