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2014 Viñedos Alcohuaz Grus, Valle de Elqui

2014 Viñedos Alcohuaz Grus, Valle de Elqui

Red | Ready, but will keep | Viñedos Alcohuaz | Code:  36888 | 2014 | Chile > Elqui Valley | Other Varieties | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol

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92/100

JANCIS - Elqui project lead by De Martino's winemaker Marcelo Retamal. 2,000 m elevation. Aged in concrete eggs. Syrah with Grenache, Malbec and Petite Syrah. Very gentle and mouth-filling. Fabulous energy. Really very exciting. No rough edges at all.
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com, Nov 2016

WA - The 2014 Grus is the first wine to be released from this Elqui project lead by De Martino's winemaker Marcelo Retamal. It's produced as a Syrah-based blend with 36% Garnacha, 13% Malbec and a 1% pinch of Petite Sirah. The destemmed grapes fermented in open granite and stone lagers during some 11 days, and were foot-trodden daily, being careful to do a light extraction. This wine does not see any oak; it is kept one year in egg-shaped cement vats. One of the characteristics of the fruit in this part of Elqui is high acidity, in the peaches, in the damsons, oranges, lemons... and in the grapes too. The nose is clean and vibrant, with a special brightness, notes of wild berries and flowers. It's vibrant and vertical, with great acidity and that cold sensation of the granite soils. This is very drinkable, tasty, ideal for food. If you like young and fresh wines, this is clearly for you, but it also has the ingredients to be able to age in bottle. In future vintages they might add Cariena from their higher altitude plot at some 2,200 meters to the blend. 9,733 bottles were filled in March 2015.
Luis Gutirrez - 31/12/2015

The Producer

Viñedos Alcohuaz

Viñedos Alcohuaz

Alcohuaz is the name of the small village near the vineyard. Viñedos de Alcohuaz is a young project, the vines are 10 years old now and planted on granite and volcanic soils in the semi-arid environment of the Elqui Valley, some 500km north of Santiago. At 1800 - 2200m altitude, these vineyards are some of the highest in the world. The vineyard are farmed organically and biodynamically but currently the winery does not seek certification. Marcelo Retamal of de Martino fame is responsible for winemaking at this 18ha estate.

GRUS is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Petite Sirah and Malbec, fermented in stone lagares and aged for 12 months in Nomblot concrete Eggs. The name GRUS comes from a constellation of stars - the crane bird.

RHU is a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Petite Sirah, fermented in stone lagares and aged in a mixture of concrete eggs and Stockinger foudres. The meaning of RHU is the portal to the spiritual world. This is a more structured wine than GRUS, brimming with volcanic power.

The Grape

Other Varieties

Other Varieties

There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

The Region

Elqui Valley

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