2016 VILLALOBOS, CARIGNAN, VINEDOS SILVESTRE, COLCHAGUA VALLEY, CHILE (NATURAL WINE)
The Villalobos family estate is located close to the village of Ranguili in Chile's Colchagua Valley. The region is noted for its dry summer days and cooler nights. The Wild Vineyard' comprises essentially of Carignan vines planted during the 1940's and 50's and the vines have been allowed to grow wild, free from any chemical intervention. As a result native Chilean flora such as rose bushes, pine trees and blackberry bushes thrive amongst the vines. All processes connected with vineyard are biodynamic: The soil is ploughed by horse and only natural 'tisanes' are used to keep the weeds under control. Grapes are hand-harvested, only gravity is used in the cellar and the wine is neither fined nor filtered. Aged slowly in old French oak barrels, this stunning Carignan is smooth and rich but limited in production so grab a bottle while you can!