2019 Strange Grapes La Cargadora Cinsault


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SKU 006991 Categories , Variety Vintage Country Region Producer Features, Format750ml Bottle


100% Cinsault, grown by Soledad Camaaño, granite. 60+ yr-old vines. Sandy loam, granite. Skins ferment, pressed when dry (15 days). Stainless steel aged under flor. In the South Cinsault is called la Cargadora (the big yielder) because it was brought in to compliment País – lighter, lower booze, smaller grapes. Truly adopted and now synonymous with Itata, old vines like these are not uncommon treasures. This wine is a look to the past, when oxygen was an ingredient in winemaking and ageing, with plump but not overripe fruits. Pipeño* was traditionally stored in giant wooden vessels that would have certainly produced a flor, especially as wine was often sold bit by bit over the year. Concepción’s port, Talcahuano, was the original and historic centre for the wine trade for centuries, when everything was made authentically and by hand, before the green revolution focused the economy in the pockets of the few. This wine and the label are a homage to the time when there was real business for farmers in the south and port culture was thriving. So2 at crushing and at bottling. 50ppm total 13 free. Original woodcut print by Amanda Saldivia. – Alice L’Estrange