92 pts Wine Advocate Issue #247 Feb 2020
The red 2019 País Salvaje (there is also a blanc de noirs version of it) was produced from vines that have grown wild and even up the trees. It fermented with full clusters and indigenous yeasts. It has contained ripeness in a warmer year, keeping the alcohol level at 12%. It has a nose of wild herbs and flowers (it’s planted among the native vegetation) and full granite tannins. It fermented in concrete vats and was bottled after six months in concrete. This 2019 shows very good freshness and balance as well as the wild character of the place. 8,000 bottles produced. It was bottled unfiltered in October 2019. 2020-2023
Pais Salvaje is 100% naturally-vinified using century-old winemaking techniques, including the use of the zaranda (a structure made of sticks to destem the grape clusters). The wine goes through 30% Carbonic Maceration, is fermented with natural yeast and remains unfiltered. There is no oak used in the wine to preserve the wine’s authentic expression of terroir– the wild terroir – with honest flavors and aromas of the
grape that are singular to this special place in Mingre.
Vibrant notes of red fruits, cherry, and wild strawberry with floral notes. Fresh on the palate with good balance and a long, rustic finish. Try it with barbeque and all types of sausage