Tinto de Rulo, Carignan, Loncomilla, Maule Valley, Chile, 2016
Tinto de Rulo is the project of three friends who, by pooling resources, make wine together – but even then it’s a small project, making just 1200 cases in total.
Tiny plots of Pais and Malbec, ranging from 70 to 200 years in age, are spread across Itata and Bio Bio. They have a little plot of Carignan from just over the hills in Maule as well. Fruit from these pristine organic vineyards is fermented in clay amphorae and very old native rauli pipes with only minimal sulphur added at bottling – these wines are a proper introduction to this wilder side of Chile.
The Carignan grapes come from vineyards in Huerta de Maule, from non- irrigated granite soils where the vines are at least a 70 years old. Huerta de maule is located some 300 Km south of the city of Santiago at 300m above sea level. With a temperate climate, a well-defined dry season and a winter with annual rainfall of 450 mm, little- if any irrigtion is used. The vines are pruned in a gobelet trellis system and all vineyard management is organic with only minute amounts of sulfur used to prevent fungal diseases and only when necessary.
After manual de-stemming, for fermentation we use old French barrels. Fermentation is spontaneous and natural, without the addition of commercial yeasts. The entire fermentation process lasts around three weeks, with daily manual stirring and the monitoring of temperature and densitiy so as to unsure the wine´s integrity. When the fermentation ends, the wine is aged for 1 year in the same closed old barrels used for fermentation.
Type: Old French Oak
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
Earthy and delicate smoky notes open to intense red fresh fruits on the nose. Red fruits, round and delicate tannins, refreshing acidity and an elegant and lengthy finish.
Cassoulet, pintxos, balsamic pork loin.
6 x 75cl