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    Pais Franco - Pais

    Type of wine
    type of wineRood
    Country
    Grape variety
    Païs
    Region
    Ageing
    Eikenhout barrique 225-350L
    Vintage
    Viticulture
    Vinification
    Kneuzen, koude inweking, vergisting in een open houten vat met een deel van de hele trossen en het natuurlijke gist, persen

    Païs (Listan Prieto van Tenerife/Envinate) | Bio Bio | 1 ha | ungrafted stokken | basalt bodem | vergist in cement | rijping in oude barriques | licht | verfijnd | Pinot like 

    Roberto Henriquez

    Roberto Henriquez gevestigd in het ruige Bío-Bío (rivier) in de Itata regio in het zuiden van het land. Roberto werkt enkel met 'mission grapes' ook wel Criolla's genoemd. Druiven die vanuit het Europese vastenland gedurende 15e - 17e eeuw mee werden gebracht op de 'missie' schepen richting Zuid-Amerika. In zijn wijngaarden vinden we Semillon en Moscatell en kleine beetje Corinto (Chasselas). Ik moet gelijk aan Zuid-Afrika denken waar Semillon en Moscatell ook zeer belangrijk zijn geweest bij de start van de wijnbouw. Qua rood is het Païs als druif, ook wel bekend in Spanje als Listan Prieto waar Envinate mee werkt op Tenerife. Roberto heeft ervaring op gedaan buiten Chili (Loire Mossé) alvorens hij in 2015 zijn eerste wijngaarden aanschaft in Bío-Bío en start met zijn bijzondere project. Langzaam groeit het project tot een kleine 25.000 flessen in 2019 en bouwt hij een nieuwe fermentatie kelder en is hij klaar voor een prachtige toekomst.

    Review

    One of the two País vineyards he purchased and first vinified in 2019 is the 2019 País Franco, from an old ungrafted vineyard in the south bank of the Bio-Bio River on deep sandy soils of volcanic origin (basalt), from the old bed of the river. It's a very aromatic, floral and expressive wine. The palate is also silky and delicate, to the extreme that Henríquez himself was surprised by how delicate and elegant the wine is. He does a soft vinification, so none of the reds show rustic tannins. It has a light to medium body with a texture that could remind you of a Pinot Noir. With time in the glass, the aromas display the volcanic character in the shape of wet pumice and freshly cracked black peppercorns along with notes of dry rose petals that remind me of some reds from the Canary Islands. Clearly a País from the soil. It matured in neutral barriques from 2008, but there is no oak on the nose or palate. A superb debut! 3,000 bottles produced from one hectare of old vines. 93/100 Luis Gutiérrez

    Roberto Henríquez is finishing his small winery next to his home in Bio-Bio that he's going to use in the 2020 harvest. He's one of the leading producers in the region (Bio-Bio and Itata) and makes some of the best País in the country. He has purchased two more old País vineyards and has new wines, all vinified and separated by soil type, which means he's increasing his volume. His target for the next few years is to stop buying grapes and work only with grapes from his own vineyards (and even plant new ones) and, with the completion of his winery, have better facilities to take care of the wines in his own space. The current output is around 50,000 bottles, and he hopes to maybe reach a maximum of 80,000 bottles. I tasted wines from 2018 and 2019. 2018 was a very fresh year in Bio-Bio, when he harvested very late with moderate alcohol, a little extreme. 2019 was a little milder, but he still considers it a cool year, and somehow the pHs are a little higher. All but one of the País bottlings are from Bio-Bio, and all of the whites are from Itata.