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Yumbel Estación, Chile

Maricio Gonzalez Carreño is one of the partners in Tinto de Rulo but he also makes very small batches of wine under his own label. In 2015 he took over an abandoned 200 year-old vineyard of País vines on volcanic, sandy soils near Yumbel.

Slowly and thoughtfully restoring this typical small farm, Maricio is nurturing the old bush vines in the same way they would have been looked after in the 19th Century, without any irrigation or chemicals. He has also restored the dilapidated mudbrick winery where he vinifies traditionally, fermenting and ageing his Pipeño in 80 year-old vessels made of raulí (native Chilean beech). Talking passionately about the importance of patrimonie he explains his desire to work and live as his predecessors did - he is an inspiring advocate for a different and much simpler way of life. This Yumbel bottling is from a single slope with very sandy soils and an ideal aspect, the wine has more structure and intensity than those from the surrounding slopes and is one of the very best Pais wines we have tasted from Chile.

Viticulture

The soils are volcanic sand over granite and he has divided the site into two terroirs and two wines based on altitude. He vinifies traditionally, fermenting and ageing his Pipeño in 80 year-old vessels made of raulí (native Chilean beech) without the addition of Sulphur. He similarly farms in the old way growing bush vines that have never been irrigated or had chemical additions since they were planted in the early 19th century.

Winemaking

Produced with indigenous yeasts and no added Sulphur. No fining, no filtering.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Pais bush vines (very old) are managed as naturally as possible, without irrigation, and on their own rootstocks.
  • The wine has more structure and intensity than others from surrounding slopes as all the fruit comes from a single slope with very sandy soils.
  • Vinifies traditionally, fermenting and ageing the Pipeño in 80 year-old vessels made of raulí (native Chilean beech) without the addition of sulphur.