2013 Vina Gonzalez Bastias "Pais del Ramal" Maule Valley

SKU #1250897

Located in the western Maule Valley, in the midst of Chile's coastal range, so far removed from any city that the only way to arrive is via a slow train (top speed 20 mph!) and a canoe trip across the Maule River! Needless to say, viticulture on this special 4 hectare vineyard is organic, with biodynamic preparations made on site. The vines are primarily 200 year old (you read that correctly, 200 years old!) Mission vines, with a smattering of very old (but slightly less old) Moscatel Negra. The del Ramal bottling is 100% Mission grapes, literally hand pressed by human hands through bamboo canes (locally known as "zarandas") and fermented in a single concrete tank, before being racked to very well used local oak ("rauli") barrels. This wine is highly original and perhaps not for most people! Its spicy/herbal/ ripe fruit flavors are rich, but complex and balanced. Organic, biodynamic, no added sulphur (Joe Manekin, K&L Chilean wine buyer)

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Price: $29.99

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- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.4