2015 Rogue Vine Grand Itata Tinto, 750ml

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A medium-bodied dry Chilean red with lovely red berried fruit notes. Inspired by the untrained bush vines of South Africa, this is a project to showcase the terroir of the the Itata Valley where this is common to find old bush vines grown without irrigation. The wine mainly Cinsault with some Pais, which is also called Mission in California and came to the Americas with the earliest Spanish colonizers.

From the mouth of the importer (David Bowler):

"Rogue Vine is a project led by Leo Erazo, who is also the winemaker for Altos Las Hormigas in Mendoza, Argentina along with his partner Justin Decker. They make wines from two different subregions of the Itata Valley. All the vineyards are composed of hillside, dry-farmed bush-vines that are a minimum of 60 years old, some older than 300. The soils are primarily composed of granite with a mix of clay and quartz. The winemaking is simple and employs native yeast, old barrels, no corrections, and minimal sulfur prior to bottling. Itata Valley’s viticulture is primarily practiced through horse plowing and hand farming. Rogue Vine’s ethos is to promote the rich history of this long neglected and 
local farming community."

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