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. 


92 points
"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."
Luis Gutiérrez,
Wine Advocate
, October 2018

Product Line: 
País (Mission)
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