País 215 B.C. Ferment
The name of this wine— 2015 BC— refers to the number of years that País was being made into wine beforte anyone in Chile had even heard of Cabernet Sauvignon. (There was a bodega making Pais in Portezuelo in 1548.) The name came to them during a talk in London at the Imbibe Live Seminar: “Chile Before Cabernet”.
For years they watched as the small farmers with whom they produce the parcel wines were forced to accept prices fixed [illegally] by agro-giants far below their costs for working the earth; they created their single-ferment series, a more-affordably priced series of wines, as a dignified means of getting more of their small growers' wonderful fruit made into wine for export. Unlike the parcel-specific wines, the wines in this series 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 they simply stack on top of the fermenting tank when the next fruit is ripe.
The fruit was fermented naturally; caps were punched down by hand and pressing was strictly manual. The wine was aged in neutral oak over one winter, and then bottled in recycled glass. Unfined and unfiltered.