2018 VINISTA, Pedro Parra. Itata, Chile
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Size of bottle: 75cl
Area: Itata is a remote and relatively unknown area in southern Chile. Pedro Parra pioneered quality winemaking in the region and now it's the 'cool' part of Chile that everyone is talking about. The emphasis in the area is on less fruity, more savoury (less obviously new world, more restrained and complex).
This comes from a single vineyard near Portezuelo, at 300 metres altitude; the vines are over 100 years old, on granite soils.
Grape Variety: 100% Pais; hand harvested; fermented with natural yeast and 20% whole bunches; matured in used, un-toasted oak barrels for a year.
Producer: Pedro Parra is a 'terroir specialist' - a vineyard consultant renowned throughout the world (he has worked with top vineyards as diverse as Meursault and Mendoza). This is his own (very small) family project, working with renowned Italian consultant Alberto Antonini.
Old Bridge Rating: Pale, delicate, pure - and quite brilliant.
Press Reviews: "A new village red produced with País grapes from different vineyards in Portezuelo (Itata), the 2018 Vinista comes from extremely old, dry-farmed vines on granite soils rich in quartz and was cropped from a dry vintage. They used 30% full clusters in the fermentation with indigenous yeasts, and it matured in 5,000-litre oak vats and 3,000-litre concrete vats for 10 to 11 months. His initial idea was to focus on Cinsault, but as he learned more about País, he decided he was ready to make his first varietal País wine. In this first vintage, he harvested before two big storms to avoid botrytis—because the País bunches often touch the ground, rain during harvest is very dangerous for the variety. This is varietal, clean and expressive. The biggest surprise is the softness of the tannins, and Parra thinks this is due to the good terroir—for País, the terroir must have good drainage and no clay. The truth is this wine is surprisingly elegant..." Luis Guttierez in The Wine Advocate
£19.50 per bottle
£18.53 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£17.55 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles