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Carter Mollenhauer Aurora D’Itata Paistext

Carter Mollenhauer Aurora D’Itata Pais 2020

Itata Valley, ChileHusband and wife team Edgard Carter and Karine Mollenhauer run their family winery in the Maule, making a few small-production wines from indigenous grapes. Their idea is to elevate the reputation of purity and authenticity of Chilean wine through organic farming, and minimal intervention in the cellar. From Pachagua, in Itata, this is dry farmed ungrafted bush vine País, planted around 1800, making them 200ish years old. It is rooted in quartzic granite, around 100m. It was native fermented, with 90% whole cluster, and gently foot trodden before resting in 3000L concrete, (14% in 225L older French barrels) for 8 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Quite light bodied and hued, this carries ample fragrant iris, wild plum, wild blueberry, tayberry along the slight palate, hugged with long, fine tannins. The salinity lingers long on the finish. So bright and finessed. 1494 bottles.Tasted: 01 March 2023Tasted by: Treve RingPrices:
Producer: Carter MollenhauerDistributors: Le Sommelier Inc.
Grape: Pais