Montsecano

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Country of Origin: Chile
Location: Casablanca Valley
People: Julio Donoso & André Ostertag, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic

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Montsecano 2016 Estate Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley Login In Stock
Montsecano 2016 Pinot Noir, Refugio Vineyard, Casablanca Login WA 93 In Stock



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Montsecano is a collaboration between Julio Donoso of Chile and André Ostertag of Domaine Ostertag in Alsace. Julio Donoso, a famous fashion photographer, met André in the early 90s while shooting a story on him. Friends for many years, Julio convinced André to travel to Chile and see his family's property. For André, it was love at first sight. It has been said that he even teared a little while viewing the property. André joined forces with Julio immediately after the trip.

Montsecano is a biodynamic estate consisting of two hillside, granitic, small vineyards in the Casablanca Valley. A minimal approach is used in the horse-plowed vineyard and winery. The wines are made exclusively in stainless steel micro tanks or concrete egg fermenters. No oak is used. The small production consists of two Pinot Noirs, which are quickly being recognized as the benchmark for South American Pinot.

Montsecano is a member of Chanchos Deslenguados.

Wine Advocate 4/2017
"Montsecano is the name of the Pinot Noir-based project in Casablanca of Alsace's André Ostertag and his Chilean friends. They produce some of the variety's best wines in Chile. 2016 is the first year when André had the help of his son, Arthur, who brought some new ideas, like the use of some 20% full clusters and the use of two or three pressings. In that challenging year they were able to harvest all the grapes before the rains. It has to be one of the best vintages of Montsecano."

Reviews

  • Montsecano 2016 Pinot Noir, Refugio Vineyard, Casablanca
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (4/1/2017)

    I tasted the whole range with one of the partners, Julio Donoso, three weeks after the bottling. We started with the 2016 Refugio Pinot Noir, which is pure Pinot Noir from red soils rich in clay and granite in Casablanca, fermented with indigenous yeasts and kept in egg-shaped cement vats until bottling. This is very fresh, focused and complex even if it's still so obviously young. The grapes were harvested extremely early, 17 days earlier than their first vintage (2010) even considering the year was cooler and later ripening. It's very tasty and elegant, with symmetry and chiseled flavors. It was not dizzy despite the recent bottling.