Vine Revival, Muscat Orange Wine, Tierra del Itata, Chile 2016

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Vine Revival, Muscat Orange Wine, Tierra del Itata, Chile 2016


“Lucia, we’re going to be rich beyond our wildest dreams, I’ve found an orange wine from Chile made from 150 year-old Muscat vines!”… is not how the conversation went.

We have 36 bottles available of this small-production orange wine, so we won’t be buying our dream yacht just yet, but we will make a few people happy when they taste it, and that is worth more than any yacht, although we still want a yacht. Yacht is one of those words that sounds funnier the more you say it, which is why I keep saying yacht. Anyway, it’s a quirky, hazy, aromatically flamboyant, intensely-flavoured, textural orange wine that you can drink on its own (it’s practically a meal in itself) or it should go well with a thai curry or a Vietnamese beef salad or just a slice of Comté. 13% alc. Drink now until sometime in the future, because I have literally no idea how this will age.

Press reviews:

Jancis Robinson (Tamlyn Currin):
150-year-old Muscat ungrafted bushvines on steep granite hillsides, dry farmed. 42 days on skins in concrete, spherical tanks. Natural yeasts, bone dry, unfiltered. 'Handcrafted by Leonardo Erazo and Christelle Guibert'.

Hands down the best orange wine I have ever tasted. EXTRAORDINARY! Bone dry, and yet tasting of the sweetest cantaloupe melon and persimmon, rose petals and pecans in orange syrup. Nutty and wonderfully yeasty – like warm sourdough bread. Vibrating through the finish like a cello. Stunning. (TC) 13%. Drink 2018-2024.” 18 points

Greg Sherwood MW: “
Seductive dark yellow straw colour, there is a slight haze to remind you of this wine’s natural, minimalist winemaking aspirations. Raised in a concrete sphere, the nose is reminiscent of the most seductive Zebbibo wines, positively overflowing with sweet quince, rose water, lychees, barley sugar, Thai basil, marzipan and pithy new season bitter marmalade on buttered brown toast. The amazing depth and complexity follows to the palate that is full bodied, intensely concentrated, superbly fresh with a vibrant acidity and a piquant, sweet / sour peachy depth. The key to this wine remains its mouth watering freshness allied to its pithy, bone dry liquid mineral finish. Once again, this is a triumph of old vine fruit intensity and passionate artisanal winemaking. Drink now and over the next 3 to 5+ years.” 93+ points

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