‘Julio Bouchon is doing great things for the image of País, using wild vines to produce delicious examples of the grape.’ – Tim Atkin MW The País variety has one…

Julio Bouchon is doing great things for the image of País, using wild vines to produce delicious examples of the grape.’ – Tim Atkin MW

The País variety has one of the longest vinicultural histories in Chile and, until recently, was the country’s most-planted variety. País Salvaje, which translates to ‘wild País’, is made from red grapes from vines that grow freely up and amongst the natural vegetation of the Bouchon estate in the coastal dryland of Maule, Chile. These wild vines are natural climbers and, having never had man’s intervention, they need to be picked from the foliage using ladders. Quite the sight during harvest, they represent the purest expression of organic and sustainable viticulture.

Wines are often said to be unique but, harvested from treetops in the wild, this is the real deal! The 2017 Bouchon País Salvaje is a textured red with a medium to full-bodied palate. Smoky notes over darker fruit lead to an attractive, characterful and salty palate. It’s delicious and different and well-worth geeking out on. David Nieuwoudt is no stranger to new frontiers and his Longavi collaboration with Bouchon’s winemaker, Julio Bouchon, has produced a fine Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. His new 2017 Longavi Glup Cinsault, from 98-year-old vines, and 2018 Longavi Glup Chenin Blanc, the first Chilean Chenin Blanc to be bottled, are really exciting. The 2018 Glup Chenin is a fantastic wine but, like the Cinsault, it’s sadly in very short supply. Get some while you can. View all these wines online.

Tasting notes:

Bouchon, País Salvaje 2017 – R 250
Julio Bouchon is doing great things for the image of País, using wild vines to produce delicious examples of the grape. Pale, aromatic and crunchy, this has 30% whole bunches, layers of sweet red fruit and a long, tangy finish. 2018-22. Alcohol: 12.5%. – Tim Atkin MW, 92/100

The bright red 2017 País Salvaje was produced with grapes from a wild vineyard that was never planted and has no plantation structure. 2017 was a dry and warm year, and 70% of the grapes were hand destemmed with a traditional zaranda (a wooden grid that acts as destemmer and press) and the rest fermented with full clusters, all with native yeasts. It was kept in concrete vats for six months before bottling. This has a faintly smoky touch in the nose, only noticeable when you compare it with the 2018, even lighter than in the País Viejo. This has a wild touch; it’s bottled unfiltered and has more oomph. It has a very tasty palate, with an almost effervescent and salty finish. This is a characterful País. – Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, 89/100

Longavi, Glup Chenin Blanc 2018 – R 295
From premium selected vineyards in the Valley of Marchigue. A true expression terroir with a breath-taking intensity and richness. Oxidative style, the juice ferment with their skin in ‘Amphora’, without control temperature; fermentation is completed remains with their skin for 2 months and 6 months with the lees. Without stabilization, finning and no filtration. – Longavi

Longavi, Glup Cinsault 2017 – R 250
This wine was awarded 95/100 in Tim Atkin MW’s 2018 Special Chile Report.

Crafted from a premium selected vineyard parcel in the Valley of Itata. A true expression of terroir with a breathtaking intensity and elegance. Light red, with red fruit notes and wild herbs. Soft tannins with good acidity that bring freshness and a long finish. Cold maceration for 4 days at 8ºC. Aerated pump overs during fermentation. 14 days extended skin maceration. Fermentation, native yeast; 6 months in ‘Amphora’ without stabilization, finning and no filtration. – Longavi

 

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