Crushed & Cured

Rojo Paraíso País Antiguo, Itata Paraíso, Itata Valley, Chile, 2021


This wine delivers the essence of Itata's heritage and old vines, especially the naturally rustic charm of the País variety. It is a living, vibrant and incisive wine. The nose is demonstrative of the grape, with a touch of youthful strawberries and red apples, between some earthy notes. Just 1,700 bottles produced at source .

The soil is mostly decomposed granite, and quartz is visible too. Some of the oldest vineyards in Chile are located here, first planted by the Society of Jesus during the XVI century, including País. The harvest was totally manual, in 14kg baskets. Hand - harvested grapes were quickly driven to the cellar where they are crushed immediately. All vinification in 800 litre bins, with 25% stems and twice daily remontage during the first week of fermentation. The wine age for 7 months in old French oak barrels. The final blend was made on 5th October and bottled on 10th October. Fermentation is totally natural. 100% native yeast. 7 months aged in used French oak barrels. Partial malolactic fermentation occurs. Oak influence is minimal, with only old barrels used.

Country: Chile 

Region: Itata 

Vintage: 2021

Grape Variety: Pais

ABV: 12.5%

Size: 750ml 

Producer: Itata Pariso