Tierra Madre, Viña González Bastías

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Tierra Madre, 2019, Viña González Bastías

Like taking a stroll through a ripe orchard in bloom

Region: Maule Valley, Chile
Grape(s): Semillion & Torontel
Genre: Organic (in mindset, not stamp)
Low Sulphur: Yes
Tasting Notes: Peach, pear, blossom, citrus

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.

This wine is a 50/50 blend of Semillon and Torontel (Torrontés in Argentina) bush vines from 200 years ago, planted on granitic soils around 30 miles from the Pacific Ocean – offering plenty of cool breezes. 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). Aged for three months in old Chilean oak, the wine is bottled with minimal intervention and the result is a highly concentrated and rich orchard fruit experience with slick acidity and blossom.