CACIQUE MARAVILLA - BÍO BÍO VALLEY
Manuel Moraga is the seventh generation of Gutierrez to tend these vines in Yumbel, Bío Bío Valley. He is a great drinking buddy (oft-proven) and a force to be reckoned with. He led a wayward life before returning to his family vineyard, which was planted by his great-great grandfather who sailed from Spain over 250 years ago, He had a deep respect for the local Mapuche peoples who honoured him with the title of ‘Cacique’ or ‘chief’. Manuel has changed almost nothing in the vineyard and in the winery. He won’t drink anyone else’s wine, he doesn’t trust what’s in it. He is the only person in his community to bottle commercially.
Volcanic soils. Original pre-phylloxera plantings of PAÍS, MOSCATEL, TORONTEL and CORINTO. No irrigation. Minimal pruning. Zero-input agriculture. It’s a naturally bountiful forest, untamed and wild. Winemaking is proudly campesino, rustic wines of and for the people. The 2010 earthquake destroyed the Gutierrez’ ancient mud-brick bodega, along with much of their original oak and cement vessels. Manuel is slowly rebuilding in the old way.
2016 PIPEÑO PAÍS - NEW RELEASE
2016 was a cooler year with good rainfall during the growing season. Hand-harvested end of April. Fully destemmed. Wild ferment outdoors in open raulí lagar (a massive foudre of native beech used by the family every vintage for over one hundred years). 10 day maceration with manual punchdowns. 2 weeks later juice taken to plastic ecotank. One decantation. Bottled at 7 months. No fining or filtration and zero SO2.
2016 NARANJO – MOSCATEL, CORINTO - NEW RELEASE
Manuel’s pride and joy, his oldest white varietal Moscatel de Alejandría developed botrytis this year due to unexpected rain. Manuel having never faced such a small harvest so affected by botrytis, decided to pick everything and leave it on skins in a small neutral plastic Ecotank. Adding sulphur is not an option for Manuel, so he used the natural elements of time to slowly decant the juice. A month later the wine was tasting delicious. Manuel transferred the free-run to another tank, which wasn’t enough to fill it, so he topped with Corinto that had spent just a day on skins. This orange wine is about 70% Moscatel, with the Corinto (Chasselas) giving a fresh citrus character which complements the rich honeyed stone fruits of the botrytisised Moscatel. No fining or filtration and zero SO2.
2014 GUTIFLOWER - MOSCATEL, CORINTO, TORONTEL
A field blend of the family’s white varietals. On skins for a day in open raulí then foot stomped, juice gravity fed into a tightly sealed ecotank where it went through primary ferment. Two months later the wine was bottled with some residual sugar, it’s light frizzante style. No fining or filtration and zero SO2. Sparking wine is untraditional in Chile, Manuel’s late father accidentally stumbled upon this technique. Guti is made every year, Manuel picks for acidity but not every growing season is warm enough for there to be residual sugar at bottling. 2014 was a very balanced year, 2015 and 2016 much cooler, we don’t know when this wine will be back!
2015 BLANCO ITALIA - 100% MOSCATEL DE ALEJANDRÍA
On skins for a day in open raulí, foot stopped, juice gravity fed into a tightly sealed ecotank where it goes through ferment until completely dry. 8 months on lees before bottling. No fining or filtration and zero SO2. Moscatel is the pride and joy of Manuel’s white varietals, 2015 was a vintage that justified its separate vinification for the first time. Manuel gave the name Blanco Italia (the Italian name for the same grape) as it’s always been know in his community.