Estate: With one of the oldest vineyards in Chile [dating back over 250 years], Manuel Moraga is the 7th generation to make wine in the Bio Bio River Valley. Viticulture is biodynamic, organic and super low intervention [some vineyards are so untouched that they can barely be walked through].
Winemaking: From a dry-farmed vineyard planted in 1776[!] with volcanic soils. Wild yeast spontaneous fermentation with 1 day maceration on the skins, gravity fed into fiberglass tanks for 2 months ageing, second fermentation in the bottle, unfined, unfiltered, no added SO2.
Tasting Notes: Smoky earth and salty minerality whirl around lemon, nectarine and chestnut honey. Exuberant fizz and racy acidity meld with grapefruit, bitter nuttiness on the clean mineral finish. Dynamic, magnetic.
68% Moscatel de Alejandria, 16% Torontel, 16% Chasselas
Secano Interior de Yumbel D.O.
$20 [average price]