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2019 Pablo & Ronald 'El Gran Viejo' Semillon

40% of the grapes come from Pablo's farm, 30% from Ronald's and 30% from traditional grower and neighbour. Soil types vary from granitic clay-loams to sandy clay-loam, 40 days on skins, open fermented in (upright) barriques, pressed to barrel for six months. A medium bodied but lean, just-ripe Semillon showing plenty of stone-fruits, florals and citrus to tame a herbaceousness. Opens wonderfully over several days, showing more generosity and structure. 11.3% abv.
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About the maker

Friends Pablo Solis and Ronald Vera were born into traditional farming and winemaking in Guarilihue, Itata. Their fathers saw the boom and then bust of the wine market.

The shamefully low price of grapes sees them still making and selling bulk wine, but the lack of a rural labour force and low price of bulk wine obliged their fathers to rely on glyphosate and chemical fertilisers. They work for their fathers, but have bravely embarked on the rebellious project of converting parcels back to organics and of bottling their own wines. They are the first generation in their respective families to put wine to bottle. These small batch wines, to which the boys each contribute grapes, are made naturally and traditionally. Both fathers are somewhere between highly skeptical, sometimes critical, and hopefully open. Using traditional techniques, intuition and naturally keen palates, they co-ferment their grapes to make wines of incredible poise, depth with a serious acid lines. The boys both contribute grapes to the Cinsault and Semillon, Ronald's portion is fully organic and Pablo's is in transition, meaning zero herbicides, and chemical fertilisers are currently at a minimum and will soon be completely eliminated. Pablo uses guano and cow manure.
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