Pipeño País Portezuelo
Farmer: Patricio Martinez. 95% Pais/5% Cargadora (aka Cinsault). The País comes from organic, dry-farmed bush vines around 250 years old, on decomposed granite soils that Luyt likens to the Côte du Py of Morgon, high in the hills of the Portezuelo sub-zone of the small Itata region. The bunches are harvested by hand and manually destemmed using a traditional zaranda; fermented spontaneously with indigenous yeasts in open wooden lagares; and aged for a brief two months in large wooden tanks called pipas (from which the name “pipeño” is derived). The wine receives a very small amount of sulfur and a gentle filtration before bottling in liters.
Portezuelo is the lightest bodied and least tannic of the Luyt pipeños. It is popping with ripe, crunchy red cherry up front with a hint of cranberry on the finish. Light, bright, juicy and rustic (reminiscent of Gamay).
Click here (and then scroll down) for some Portezuelo-Martinez vineyard shots from importer Louis/Dressner.