Pisador Cauquenes Vino Tinto Chileno


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Vintage: 2017
Region: Maule Valley, Chile
Viticulture: Biodynamic
Varieties: 100% Pais

Pisador Cauquenes Vino Tinto Chileno is a seriously old vine Pais, most of which is a century or more in age. Heartier than the traditional Pipeño style.

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About Pisador Cauquenes Vino Tinto Chileno

Pisador Cauquenes Vino Tinto Chileno is a seriously old vine Pais, most of which is a century or more in age. Very low-intervention winemaking and heartier than the traditional Pipeño style.

Unlike the juicy, easy-drinking Pipeño style that has recently been regaining popularity, Nicola and Elena’s goal was to make a structured wine with País. They selected wonderful grapes, destemmed them by hand and pressed them by foot (pisar translates to
foot-trodden, hence the name Pisador). Spontaneous fermentation and a long maceration took place, with no filtration, no added sulfites, just fruit! 3300 bottles were produced in 2016. A second lagar was purchased for the 2017 harvest and production was slightly increased.

About Pisador Cauquenes

Pisador is a new project from Elena Pantaleoni of La Stoppa and her good friend Nicola Massa. Elena’s connection to Chile is longstanding: her mother has been living there for more than twenty years. In the late 1990s, she’d purchased a property with an old, beautiful cellar called Fundo Tomenelo in the south of the Maule Valley.

During a 2015 holiday trip, Elena had the chance to visit some of the amazing terroirs and very old vineyards between the Maule and Bío Bío valleys. Both valleys are planted with thousands of hectares of 100 to 300-year-old ungrafted plants, an amazing and unique heritage. Soon after her trip, Elena reached out to Nicola Massa, a very good friend in the wine business for many years, with the idea of making a wine with the País grape. País is the oldest variety imported in Chile, dating back to the middle 1500s. Nicola was excited and honored by Elena’s proposal, and the two quickly agreed to start the project.

With the help of Louis-Antoine Luyt, Nicola spent 2015 in the Maule Valley, visiting old producers and vineyards to understand the way they work. In 2016, he selected four hectares of 100+-year-old, ungrafted, dry-farmed, bush-trained vines planted on granitic soils. An old lagar, the traditional open-top wood vat used for fermentation, was purchased along with some old barrels. A zaranda, the typical wood destemmer worked by hand, was also built.


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