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Rogue Vine, Los Amigos Grand Itata Blanco 2015
Moscatel 60%, Riesling 40%
A blend of Moscatel and Riesling raised in concrete tanks, this wine is highly aromatic and yet elegantly fresh. Incredibly drinkable and very versatile with food.
Whole bunch pressed, low temperature fermentation in stainless steel, with a percentage in barrique. Part of the wine undergoes malo. Aged for 37 months on lees before release.
To taste any of the Rogue Vine wines is to discover a completely different side to Chilean wine. The project hails from Itata, an old and nearly forgottten viticultural valley with centenarial bush vines growing on pure granitic soils, 400 km south of Santiago. The project is led by two friends: Leonardo Erazo, who is the technical director of top Mendoza winery Altos las Hormigas, and American Justin Decker. Both share a passion for terroir and sustainable growing, acquired over years of travelling the world's vineyards. In Itata they have discovered old vineyards with dry bush farmed vines of Cinsault, Pais, Carignan, Malbec, Semillon, Moscatel and more. They farm them organically and vinify using native yeast and concrete tanks, and the resulting wines express the freshness and minerality of the soil and climate.