older Vintages

I shall make an effort to assemble old Tech sheets and info about whatever wines might be “in circulation” soonish.

If you have a wine you have held on to and want us to include more details about it specifically– write to us!

Earlier bottlings were more loose in the logic of their numbering so I shall try to include pictures.

How did we make the wines back then? (Vs Now)
We have always made the wines in open-top fermenters. We have always punched the caps down by hand. Pressing: manual.

Yeasts have not always been native– this began more strictly when we began working in a renovated 1840 cellar where commercial yeasts have never been used.

To our way of thinking, the wines personalities’ have always been well defined on the vine.

The older bottlings were small parcels that fit on our pickup’s trailer and in small stainless tanks of 1900-2200 kgs.

Why stencils and silk screening? And why wax?

When we began bottling wine in 2001 there was no digital printing and short runs of 500 labels were prohibitively expensive. So we learned to paint / silk-screen bottles. Luis our bottle painter has been with us for more than a decade.

When a capsule company insisted we bought 1o,ooo or nothing we sought another solution. A small school supplies / crayon manufacturer had wax that served to seal and was food grade certified. As he was there for us without a minimum and all the colours we wanted we have never given up on him. Today many buy his wax large medium and small.

Tom Sawyer clause : toward full disclosure we must point out that over the past few years, friends, family and students’ of Alvaro’s from the University of Chile have begun helping with some of the grunt work. In this way the pace, rhythm and treatment of the wines remains the same, and we receive a lot of apples.