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Estelado Brut Rosé
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16½/20

Estelado Brut Rosé 2018

Valle del Curicó, Region del Valle Central, ChileEstelado is an ode to the first grape variety planted in Chile back in the 1550s. It was known as listán prieto in Spain; in New World colonies, it was tagged the mission grape; while in Chile, it would become país. The rosé is made with 100 percent país, dry-farmed by farmers resurrecting a historic grape and supporting traditional small family traditions. The colour is Provençal pale orange/red, while the nose is a light fragrant floral affair with earthy, cherry aromas. The attack is crisp and in the drier style with less than 5 g/L of dosage, leading to a delightful, spicy, strawberry, citrus sparkler: a perfect sparkling rosé for hand passed bites. The Torres family has a history of supporting local and ancient varieties, and this sparkling rosé is a wonderful tribute to both. It is estimated that there are some 15,000 hectares of país, second only to cabernet sauvignon in Chile. The vines are concentrated in the dry interior and coastal areas of Maule and Bio Bío, where there are an amazing 8000 producers. Technically the wine is first fermented in stainless steel for 18 days. The second fermentation took place in the bottle for 45 days before it rested for six months on its lees. By the time it is shipped, it spends a minimum of one year in bottle.Tasted: 31 October 2020Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices: BC 22.00 select private retailers ON 20.00 LCBO QC 22.00 SAQ Producer: Miguel Torres ChileDistributors: Dandurand
Grape: PaisCSPC: 883629UPC: 8410113005793