Pais 2018
Single Ferment Series
Secano Interior – Cauquenes
215 BC Ferment

Pais215BC-bigtall“The wine is super fresh and clean and is also softer, more floral, less rustic and with more finesse than the previous vintages.”    – LG   

Alcohol: 12,9
pH  3,57
Acidez:  4.1
Azúcar residual: 1,59

7872 bottles filled. (23 barrels Pais)

In a nutshell:

  • Pais from Portezuelo is called 2015 BC ferment ie 215 yrs before Cabernet. There was a bodega making Pais in Portezuelo in 1548. Cab Sauv was documented for the first time in 1763 near Bordeaux and the difference being 215. The name came to us during a talk in London (Imbibe Live Seminar) called “Chile before Cabernet”.
  • Single Ferment Series wines include fruit from more than one parcel or vineyard site and are (co-fermented) ¨in one single ferment ¨ Sometimes all the fruit does not enter the tank at same time and we simply stack on top of the fermenting tank when the next fruit is ripe — one single ferment one single wine.
  • For years we watched as the small farmers with whom we grow the parcel wines were forced to accept prices fixed [illegally] by agro-giants far below their costs for working the earth. So we developed Single Ferments as a dignified means of getting more of their wonderful fruit made into wine for export. The wines are affordable (21 usd) yet we still manage to pay a bonafide price to the farmers.

the Vintage:  In 2017 when we had devastating bushfires in Chile and a clear and present pattern emerged: the only firebreaks that stopped the spread of the flames were the small green cultivated farms of the age-old vignerons.

Denominación de Origen  Secano Interior – Portezuelo

Color: Yes

Tipo de uva: Pais from two farms

Elaboración:

  • Ancestral farming by hand and horse
  • Naturally fermented with native yeasts
  • Open top fermenters. Caps were punched down by hand. Pressing manual.
  • No temp control (besides opening closing windows) open tank, no nada
  • Pinch of sulfites after Malolactic
  • The second fruit in the ferment was added when it is ready on top of the tank already fermenting. One continuous ferment.

Crianza:

  • Aged in [very] old barrels over one winter 
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C r i t i c s  N o t e s

 

Wine Advocate Robert Parker , #239  Oct 2018 Pais 2017 Single Ferment Secano Interior Portezuelo 2017  – 215 BC Ferment – 92 Pts
The name of the País bottling changes with each vintage, and the one from 2017 is the 2017 País 215 BC Ferment, which refers to the time País arrived “before Cabernet” (215 years before!). 2017 was the year of the terrible fires in Chile, and many vineyards were affected; in many cases, the vineyards acted as fire breaks with their greenness. In this case, the grapes were too green when the fire occurred, and as a result, there are no traces of smoke here. The wines in the Ferment series are co-fermentations of grapes from different vineyards, and the vineyards that were used for this wine are different—both are from Portezuelo and were harvested earlier because of the heat of the year and the fires. The wine is super fresh and clean and is also softer, more floral, less rustic and with more finesse than the 2015 I tasted next to it. The quality of the tannins is superb. 7,872 bottles were filled in December 2017.

 

Descorchados 2017 Patricio Tapia
Pais 2016 Single Ferment Secano Interior Cauquenes 2016  – Second Salvo Ferment – 92 Pts
Sirvan este país bien fresco, para apagar la sed y aprovechar sus deliciosos sabores frutales y terrosos. Patricio Tapia

 

Wine Advocate Robert Parker , #230  Mayo 2017
Pais 2016 Single Ferment Secano Interior Cauquenes 2016  – Second Salvo Ferment – 91 Pts
I also tasted the second version of the single ferment País, the 2016 País. There is more freshness here, and it’s not only the year. In this second ferment they increased the amount of fruit from Truquilemu. There is a note of pencil lead, unusual acidity for País and very good freshness– 9,600 bottles filled. Luis Gutierrez

 

Pictures from the Single Ferments Vineyards taken over the past few years:

https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/gwcosingleferments/

Descriptor if the day: foot warmer #gwcocinsault #gwcosingleferments @singleferments

Descriptor if the day: foot warmer #gwcocinsault #gwcosingleferments @singleferments ...

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Pilar and one of the novias from Guarilihue #harvest2021 #gwcosingleferments #gwcocover

Pilar and one of the novias from Guarilihue #harvest2021 #gwcosingleferments #gwcocover ...

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País que vale guardar #gwcosingleferments #gwcopais

País que vale guardar #gwcosingleferments #gwcopais ...

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Wet the cap / solo mojar #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcosingleferments #gwcopais

Wet the cap / solo mojar #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcosingleferments #gwcopais ...

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Cinsault 2021 in the tank - Guarilihue glorioso #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault #cinsaullas

Cinsault 2021 in the tank - Guarilihue glorioso #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault #cinsaullas ...

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Sauzal Maule País #gwcosingleferments #gwcopais #gwcocover

Sauzal Maule País #gwcosingleferments #gwcopais #gwcocover ...

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Frescito la mañana hoy en Guarilihue de lo más alto #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcocover

Frescito la mañana hoy en Guarilihue de lo más alto #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault #gwcoharvest2021 #gwcocover ...

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All we are saying, is give Pais a chance. #gwcopais #gwcosingleferments #gwcoharvedt2020 #gopro #goprowine

All we are saying, is give Pais a chance. #gwcopais #gwcosingleferments #gwcoharvedt2020 #gopro #goprowine ...

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Suns up, m m m, looks okay, the rain is gone and we underway... #gwcosingleferments #gwcoportezuelo #gwcosinglescinsault

Suns up, m m m, looks okay, the rain is gone and we underway... #gwcosingleferments #gwcoportezuelo #gwcosinglescinsault ...

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All we are saying is give Pais a chance (Phoenix Ferment Pais) #gwcosingleferments #gwcopais

All we are saying is give Pais a chance (Phoenix Ferment Pais) #gwcosingleferments #gwcopais ...

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Harvest dew #gwcosingleferments #gwcoportezuelo #gwcosinglescinsault

Harvest dew #gwcosingleferments #gwcoportezuelo #gwcosinglescinsault ...

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More harvest dew#gwcoharvest2017 #gwcocinsault16 #gwcosingleferments

More harvest dew#gwcoharvest2017 #gwcocinsault16 #gwcosingleferments ...

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Who are you calling low hanging fruit?  Cargadora / Cinsault
#gwcocinsault
#gwcosingleferments
#gwcoharvest2020
#guarilihue
#itataprofundo #itata

Who are you calling low hanging fruit? Cargadora / Cinsault
#gwcocinsault
#gwcosingleferments
#gwcoharvest2020
#guarilihue
#itataprofundo #itata
...

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Weighing in #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosingleferments

Weighing in #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosingleferments ...

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Saludos from empedrado from Don Hugo (la fruta es buena buena) #gwcoharvest2019 #gwcosingleferments

Saludos from empedrado from Don Hugo (la fruta es buena buena) #gwcoharvest2019 #gwcosingleferments ...

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Yo saco la sault, yo saco la sault #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosingleferments #gwcosinglescinsault

Yo saco la sault, yo saco la sault #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosingleferments #gwcosinglescinsault ...

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Cutting fruit in Guarilihue #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17

Cutting fruit in Guarilihue #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17 ...

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Weighing in earlier in Guarilihue #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17

Weighing in earlier in Guarilihue #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17 ...

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It is a long established fact Mataró is perfectly ripe when the Quails invade, but today we discovered Cinsault is just right when ... #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault

It is a long established fact Mataró is perfectly ripe when the Quails invade, but today we discovered Cinsault is just right when ... #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault ...

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Pais cevichado #gwcosingleferments #gwcopais

Pais cevichado #gwcosingleferments #gwcopais ...

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Itata #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosingleferments

Itata #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosingleferments ...

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Pais #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosingleferments #gwcopais

Pais #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosingleferments #gwcopais ...

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Cutting Cargadora in Guarilihue #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17 #gwcocargadora #gwcoportezuelovineyard

Cutting Cargadora in Guarilihue #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17 #gwcocargadora #gwcoportezuelovineyard ...

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Cutting Cargadora earlier in Guarilihue #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17 #gwcoportezuelovineyard

Cutting Cargadora earlier in Guarilihue #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17 #gwcoportezuelovineyard ...

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Canastero in Guarilihue #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17

Canastero in Guarilihue #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17 ...

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And another little parcel to join the same Single Ferment from Portezuelo y Guarilihue ... #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17 #gwcoportezuelo

And another little parcel to join the same Single Ferment from Portezuelo y Guarilihue ... #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17 #gwcoportezuelo ...

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Don Hugo canastero extraordinaire #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17

Don Hugo canastero extraordinaire #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17 ...

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6192 kgs cut from three separate pieces to complement each other co-fermented in this Single Ferment Series Cinsault 2o17 #gwcocinsault17 #gwcosingleferments

6192 kgs cut from three separate pieces to complement each other co-fermented in this Single Ferment Series Cinsault 2o17 #gwcocinsault17 #gwcosingleferments ...

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Cutting earlier  #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17

Cutting earlier #gwcosingleferments #gwcocinsault17 ...

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Filling a basket with Cargadora one bunch at a time #gwcocinsault17 #gwcosingleferments

Filling a basket with Cargadora one bunch at a time #gwcocinsault17 #gwcosingleferments ...

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Up earlier for Itata today - Single Ferment Cinsault #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosingleferments #gwcosinglescinsault

Up earlier for Itata today - Single Ferment Cinsault #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosingleferments #gwcosinglescinsault ...

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Cortando Cinsault en Portezuelo — not the usual posse hence curious about the camera... #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosinglescinsault #gwcosingleferments

Cortando Cinsault en Portezuelo — not the usual posse hence curious about the camera... #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosinglescinsault #gwcosingleferments ...

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Cortando Cinsault en Portezuelo... #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosinglescinsault #gwcosingleferments

Cortando Cinsault en Portezuelo... #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosinglescinsault #gwcosingleferments ...

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Lo rico de este Cinsault en Portezuelo es que la baya / berry es más chica y así concentrado #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosinglescinsault #gwcosingleferments

Lo rico de este Cinsault en Portezuelo es que la baya / berry es más chica y así concentrado #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosinglescinsault #gwcosingleferments ...

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Selfie / Self-portrait on Cinsault ... #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosinglescinsault #gwcosingleferments

Selfie / Self-portrait on Cinsault ... #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosinglescinsault #gwcosingleferments ...

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País in Truquilemu When Pais has a reasonable yield — rare after so many years with certain players in the trade deflating prices, it can make a wonderful bottle of wine. Here in Truqui we have the Pachamama this year #gwcopais #gwcosingleferments

País in Truquilemu When Pais has a reasonable yield — rare after so many years with certain players in the trade deflating prices, it can make a wonderful bottle of wine. Here in Truqui we have the Pachamama this year #gwcopais #gwcosingleferments ...

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Early morning in Truqui cutting Pais — give Pais a chance #gwcoharvest2019 #gwcotruquilemu #gwcosingleferments

Early morning in Truqui cutting Pais — give Pais a chance #gwcoharvest2019 #gwcotruquilemu #gwcosingleferments ...

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