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2012 Viñedos Alcohuaz Rhu, Valle de Elqui

2012 Viñedos Alcohuaz Rhu, Valle de Elqui

Red | Ready, but will keep | Viñedos Alcohuaz | Code:  45033 | 2012 | Chile > Elqui Valley | Other Varieties | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol

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WA

93/100

WA - The 2012 Rhu is the same blend as in 2011 Syrah-based with some 18% Garnacha and 9% Petite Sirah. 2013 will change, and 2014 will change more, and the style will also go more in the direction of the current varietal wines of 2015, as this was a little riper and a more powerful style of wine that ages slowly. This fermented in lagar and matured in concrete eggs and 2,500-liter oak foudres for 20 months. It has notes of ash and iron and doesn't really show its age. The palate shows the strictness of the granite combined with the power of the year or the vinification of that era. 7,468 bottles were filled in October 2013.
Luis Gutirrez - 28/04/2017

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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