|Grape/Varietal : Pais||Color : Red|
|Origin : Chile||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Maule Valley||ABV : 13.7%|
|Vintage : 2015||Natural Factor : Biodynamic, Vegan|
González Bastías is a town, and a small, family winery in Western Maule owned and operated by José Luis Bastías and Daniela Lorenzo. The property and vineyard are accessed by crossing the Maule River by canoe from the local train station between Talca and Constitucion. José’s family planted their 4-hectare vineyard in the early 1800’s, and they have been cultivating it ever since. Yes, their vines are 200 years old.
José farms and vinifies biodynamically and without the use of machines. The vineyard is dry farmed. All the fruit is pressed by hand over bamboo zarandas into open top cement vats. The wines are then aged in either barrels or amphora. These wines are all made without corrections and without the addition of sulfur. Their País wines from their sandy, gravely soil are some of the most unique expressions in Chile and are remnants of Chilean ancestry, which is in danger of extinction. They are natural, honest wines.
Following harvest, this wine is literally hand pressed. Hands are used to press grapes through traditional bamboo canes (called "zarandas"), then the wine ferments in a small concrete tank. Here it is punched down multiple times a day, and then finally it is transferred to amphora where it ages until bottling. Aromas are sappy, with root beer and ripe red fruit intermingling with a foresty quality and powdered licorice. The flavors are juicy, very rich and yet still with good freshness. A certain influence, perhaps from the seeds, can be detected in this wine's tannins as well, which further bolsters this fascinating hand-made wine. *Natural wine*
Pairs Well With:
Chicken Liver Pate and Toasted Butter Bread
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