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2011 Viñedos Alcohuaz Rhu, Valle de Elqui

2011 Viñedos Alcohuaz Rhu, Valle de Elqui

Red | Ready, but will keep | Viñedos Alcohuaz | Code:  37371 | 2011 | Chile > Elqui Valley | Other Varieties | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol

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WA - The 2011 Rhu has a higher percentage of Syrah with some 18% Garnacha and 9% Petite Sirah. The (future) concept for this wine is to give it three years in 2,500-liter oak foudres, but this 2011 was kept in egg-shaped Nomblot cement vats for some 30 months. The long aging has provided more developed aromas with strong notes of black olives, tapenade and aromatic herbs. This, when young, was very fruit driven with lots of graphite aromas and has since then changed to this profile that transported me to the northern Rhône. The palate is also quite Rhône-ish, as the soils are very old, fragmented granite that provide that verticality and that vibrant acidity. The tannins are very polished, almost fully resolved and the end is very tasty. Simply superb. After the long élevage, the wine was bottled in October 2013.
Luis Gutiérrez - Wine Advocate, December 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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