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"The juicy, purple-colored 2019 Aupa Pipeno is a blend of traditional grapes from the Secano Interior appellation80 Pas (a.k.a. Mission, Listn Prieto, Criolla Chica, etc.) and 20 Carignan/Cariena from old dry-farmed and head-pruned vines in Maule. It's produced in a simple way to obtain a highly drinkable, more modern and clean rendition of the traditional pipeo wines; it is fermented with indigenous yeasts in concrete where the wine matures until it's bottled. It's an explosion of fruit juice, flowers and herbs. It's always balsamic and spicy, and it has a soft palate with a juicy texture and defined, very primary flavors. This 2019 is perhaps a little more vinous than previous years, with a little more body. Very good for food. Drink chilled. Luis Gutierrez"
-80 Pais, 20 Carignan
-Vineyards planted in 1895
-Native yeast fermentation
-Ancestral Pipeno winemaking process relies on a short fermentation and aging process
Pipeo is the traditional method of winemaking in Chile, which dates back to the late 16th century. The Aupa Pipeo from Via Maitia is an old school blend of 80 Pas (aka Mission/Listan Negro/Criolla Grande) and 20 Carignan from a 10 hectare, 120-year-old, dry farmed vineyard in the Maule Valley of Chile. This valley benefits from a Mediterranean-like climate where high temperatures in the summer are cooled by the breeze from the Humboldt Current in the Pacific Ocean. Pipeo is a very rustic wine, especially when produced with Pas, a sacramental grape which was the first grape planted in the Americas, brought here by the Spanish. The Pas grapes are removed from the clusters manually by being hit over a zaranda, a metal grid that acts as destemmer and press, to a traditional concrete vat, where a natural yeast fermentation takes place. The Carignan is fermented with whole clusters, and then the blend is aged briefly in concrete before bottling into flint glass at a 12.9 ABV with small amounts of sulfur.
Frenchman David Marcel is the producer and winemaker of Via Maitia with his Chilean wife Loreto in the Maule Valley of Chile. Marcel comes from the French Basque Country and has been involved with wine in Chile for a long time. He was one of the first winemakers in Chile to succeed in the production of quality, craft Pipeo starting with the 2013 vintage, and a Carignan called Weon starting in 2016. The combination of the traditional production method and the traditional grape varieties lead to a very unique, herbal, and quaffable wines that are incredible values. Aupa!
Farming Practice:Practicing Organic
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Frenchman David Marcel is the producer and winemaker of Aupa with his Chilean wife Loreto. Marcel comes from the French Basque Country and has been involved with wine in Chile for a long time. He was one of the first winemakers in Chile to succeed in the production of quality, craft Pipeño starting with the 2013 vintage. The combination of the traditional production method and the traditional grape varieties lead to a very unique, herbal, and quaffable wine that is an incredible value. Aupa!