CACIQUE MARAVILLA

BIO BIO, Chile

Perhaps it’s a bit gauche to frame an artisan winegrower by their public persona but Manuel Moraga Guttierez is one of the few figures whose extroversion is utterly heartfelt.  Every interaction with him is full of toasting, grape emojis and good cheer.  His Spanish ancestor, Francisco Guttierez, arrived in Chile in search of gold, settled in Yumbel and established vineyards.  Seven generations of Guttierez farmers have preserved the ancient, ungrafted vines nestled in the deep volcanic soils created by the explosions of the Antuco and Sierra Nevada Volcanoes some 60 million years ago.  The vines are old as shit, the winemaking is totally untechnological and the result is some of our favorite, albeit occasionally explosive (literally!) farmstead wines ever!  

PRODUCTS

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PIPEÑO

 

100% multi-centenarian, ungrafted Païs, Chile’s elemental country grape vinified in enormous concrete tanks.  Free run juice is aged in fiberglass tanks and the wine is bottled without fining, fining, filtration or sulfite addition.  Smokey, spicey, herbal, delightfully bitter goodness in a liter!

NATURAL MENTE TINTO

Païs, Cabernet and Malbec all cofermented in open-topped lagars.  Aged in fiberglass with 600 liters going into old barrels and then blended all back together before bottling.  Like the others, no futzing!

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NARANJA

Alexandrian Muscat harvested late with botrytis in the bunches.  Destemmed and fermented on the skins in open-top fermentors without any punchdowns.  Two months maceration before free run juice goes to fiberglass tanks for aging until bottling without fining, filtration or sulfite addition.

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CABERNET SAUVIGNON

 

Super old school style in old, open-topped ‘Rauli’ lagars for fermentation.  Aged in fiberglass tank and, like all its brothers and sisters, no fining, filtration, sulfite, whatever.

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GUTIFLOWER

Free-run juice of aromatic varieties Muscat, Corinto and Torontel cofermented and bottled early.  Old-school pet nat without addition of fresh must, yeast or sugar and never disgorged.  Fair warning - this needs to be COLD or it’s a bit explosive…

CHACOLI

Free-run juice of aromatic varieties Muscat, Corinto and Torontel cofermented and bottled early.  Old-school pet nat without addition of fresh must, yeast or sugar and never disgorged.  Fair warning - this needs to be COLD or it’s a bit explosive…