Gonzalez Bastias 2020 'Naranjo' Orange Wine, Maule Valley

Gonzalez Bastias 2020 'Naranjo' Orange Wine, Maule Valley

Item Number: 16407

UPC: 7-804658070056

Country: Chile
Region: Central Valley
Sub Region: Maule
Appellation/AVA: Maule Valley
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2020
Grape(s): 40% Pink Moscatel / 40% Torontel / 20% Pais
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.3
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: River sand on top of granite bedrock
Elevation: 320 feet

Vineyard Notes: Grapes are sourced from Gonzalez Bastias' 200-year-old dry farmed, horse plowed vineyard, planted in 1815, as well as a neighbor's vineyard planted in the early 1960s. The soil is composed of river sand on top of granite bedrock. The vineyard is located on the bank of the Maule River, about 40 kilometers from the coast.

Winemaking Notes: Grapes are manually harvested. The fruit is pressed by hand over traditional bamboo zarandas into open top vats. The Moscatel and Torontel macerate on the skins for 60 days before the Pais juice is added. The three varieties are co-fermented with native yeasts. The wine then ages for 6 months in large, 100-year-old Rauli (native Chilean wood) barrels. No additives or sulfites are added. Wine is unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Notes: Peaches and orange peel with a juicy mouthfeel. Mineral with medium acidity and a long lasting finish. Best paired with spicy, sweet and sour, creamy, and sweet dishes.

Reviews

  • Decanter
    Rating: 93 (4/10/2022)

    With a bright orange color comes intense aromatics-both spicy and savory with a twist of floral sweetness. Burnt orange peel, thyme and orange blossom characters emerge, and the palate is tangy and delicious. Astonishingly, the vines are 200 years old.