Matorral, Viña González Bastías

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Matorral, 2019, Viña González Bastías

Beaujolais a la Chile, with lots of fresh fruits, acidity and low tannin

Region: Maule Valley, Chile
Grape(s): Pais
Genre: Organic (in mindset, not stamp)
Low Sulphur: Yes
Tasting Notes: Red fruits in abundance, herbal, juicy

José Luis Gómez Bastías now runs the vineyards that have been in his family for five generations, with his partner Daniela Lorenzo – an agronomist and viticulturist who came down from Santiago to visit the vineyards in 2013, fell in love with both Josè Luis and the project and stayed! They are based on the south bank of the Maule river and farm in a natural way, respecting nature and the ecosystem. Their 4 hectares are also planted with fruit trees with sheep controling the grass levels and provide natural fertilizer. Due to Chile’s lack of phylloxera, a parasite that wiped out most of Europe’s vine in the late 19th century, they have some ungrafted vines that are more than 200 years old.

100% Pais, often referred to as the Gamay of Chile, from 200 year old bush vines planted on granitic soils approximately 30 miles from the Pacific to cool the vineyards and provide great air circulation. Hand harvested grapes are destemmed and crushed in a zaranda – a traditional Chilean wooden grid – and then foot trodden during fermentation in lagares (often used in Port production). 10-15 days fermenting, with the occasional punch down, they only use the free run juice to create an ethereal and supple wine. Aged in old oak for 12 months and bottled with minimal intervention, it is a concentrated, long and elegantly light red that gives you lots of red fruit and acidity with a wild and earthy edge and light tannins.