Pedro Parra y Familia Pencopolitano 2017 is made with 67% Cinsault, from vineyards of about 40 years, and 33% country variety, which comes from vineyards over 100 years old. In total it is a mix of six different vineyards in southern Chile. Itata is characterized by its soils of two major geological families, granites and basalts, making it similar to Gredos in Spain and Etna in Italy. The vineyards are dry land, on rocky slopes and are parceled with an average of 1.89 hectares per family with a density of between 6,000 and 8,000 vineyards that work following artisan viticulture (avoiding chemicals and plowing with the horse). After a manual harvest, the grapes fermented with a minimal initial sulfur correction, at a low temperature for approximately 14 days. The interventions during this period were minimal (only with pump-overs to wet the hat in the morning and at night). It was aged in cement vats and in wooden barrels for 10 months to be bottled and remain in the bottle for another 6 more. The production has been 14,000 bottles.
TASTING NOTES (Published in El Club August 2020)
Pedro Parra y Familia Pencopolitano 2017 has a beautiful and bright garnet colour with ruby reflections. On the nose it is seductive and complex, with aromas of black fruit such as blueberries and blackberries, accompanied by small red fruits such as strawberries and cherries. The aromatic set of the fruit is accompanied by delicate balsamic notes and aromatic herbs such as thyme together with smoky and spicy notes. On the palate it is voluminous and round with a dense texture that covers the tongue formed by round and polished tannins that are only present at the end. A good freshness provides a balance and intensifies the aromas at the end of the mouth of red liquorice, pepper and deep notes of smoke. The ideal red wine to accompany dishes of grilled beef, duck breast, as well as cured sheep and cow cheeses. To be enjoyed from now on and for the next 5 years served, between 15 and 17ºC, in a Cabernet / Merlot glass from the Vinum de Riedel series (6416/0) or in a Chianti glass from the Vinum de Riedel series (6416/15).
“Pencopolitano always shows that wild side of the Itata mountains, with aromas of wild red fruits, flowers and a humid and understory side. On the palate, it shows the nerve and tension of the mixture of both rocks, being a fresh, acid and mineral wine ”, says Parra.