Blanco Paraíso Moscatel de Rulo 2021, Itata Paraiso, Portezuela (Orange)
Notes of cooked quince, peaches, orange peel and several more layers.
It is worth decanting it for at least 5 minutes and hopefully serve it in a Burgundian glass.
The Itata Valley, one of Chile’s southernmost wine regions, contains some of the country’s oldest vines as well as exceptionally varied terroir. It’s an area imbued with the old ways, sustainable farming (often organic) and small growers and producers – such as Itata Paraíso.
This third-generation family vineyard is still under the watchful gaze of 93-year-old Abuelo Ramirez-Lavín, who began making wine here in 1952. Yes, they keep it old and keep it in the family here in Itata. The modern-day incarnation of Itata Paraíso began with his grandchildren in 2015, still working only with grapes grown on their small vineyard in Portezuelo, one of Chile’s oldest winemaking areas.
“En Itata Paraíso trabajamos sin enólogo, nosotros simplemente ‘hacemos’ vino sólo con la experiencia de las generaciones pasadas.” They make wine naturally, intuitively, as the generations did who have come before. The heritage varieties of the Itata Valley, Moscatel and País, are to the fore, as well as old-vine Carignan.
Grapes harvested from the Santa Ana Vineyard, corresponding to a block of almost 2,000 plants of clayey granite soil. Harvested in March 2020, 1 month in contact with their skins and then all winter in old barrels. Bottled in September of the same year and gave it 4 months of bottle to launch them in January 2021.
Native yeasts, unfiltered and with SO2 applied in a very low dose only for bottling.