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Item Number: 21812
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Item Number: 21812
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"The 2015 Aúpa Pipeño was already bottled and ready. It's a vintage more in line with the 2013, fresh and easy to drink, a blend of País with a very short maceration, replicating what was done before in the lagares, and some 30% Carignan kept in cement vats for some four months. It's full of red berries, with great brightness and some balsamic and wild herb aromas, very young, fresh with unnoticeable tannins and really easy to drink. It was before produced in magnum only, but they are doing some 750-mililiter bottles, and also small formats closed with a crown cap to drink straight from the bottle. I tried it and it's a great idea to drink on the go! This is a real bargain, a wine I want to have home for the summer. I tasted the 2013 together with this one and it's still going strong with more pronounced balsamic, spicy and herbal aromas. Some 15,000 bottles, 1,200 magnums and 10,000 33-centiliter. bottles were filled at the end of August 2015."
I spent some time visiting the Maule and the south of Chile with David Marcel from Maitia and other small producers. I was really looking forward to the latest releases of his Aúpa Pipeño, which impressed me greatly last time. They did not disappoint!
Wine Information: This wine is a blend of 70% Pais and 30% Carignan from the southern Maule region of Chile and is made in an old style called Pipeño. The wine is light in color with bright notes of raspberry, cherry, and rose petals that leads into underlying hints of dried herbs, fennel seeds, oregano and thyme. This fruit driven, easy drinking wine has fresh acid and low tannin and can even be enjoyed with a slight chill
Varietal: 70% Pais, 30% Carignan Vintage:
Case Production 12 pack: 1,000
Alcohol Content: 12.9%
Age: Planted in 1895
Filtration: Lightly filtered
About: Aupa is a wine produced by Vina Maitia, a small family project owned and operated by David Marcel of French/ Basque origin alongside his wife, Loreto Garau. They are located in Loncomilla, Maule, within a valley which benefits from a sub-humid Mediterranean climate where high temperatures in the summer are cooled by the breeze from the Humboldt current in the Pacific Ocean. This 10 hectare, 120 year-old, dry farmed, single vineyard is worked without intervention, with a sustainable approach of viticulture. Pipeño is the traditional method of winemaking in Chile, which began in the late sixteenth century. Pais, a.k.a. Mission/Listan Negro/Criolla Grande, is a sacramental grape, traced back to the Canary Islands; the first grape planted in the Americas. The majority of Chilean old vines are in the Maule, Itata, and Bio-Bio regions. These old vines are the remnants of Chilean ancestry, which is in danger of extinction