Strange Grapes - 2020 Pipeno Pastiche

2020 Pipeno Pastiche

Moscatel de Alejandría, Corinto
Itata, Chile

Recently relocated from Melbourne to Chile (as you do), Alice L’Estrange makes soulful wines from dry-grown vineyards of very old bush vines. Her vision is to work with small, traditional Vinateros, pay them three to five times the market rate and with them undertake an ever-healthier way of farming – abandoning chemical fertilisers and working with more regenerative approaches. Alice works in an old dirt-floor winery in the tiny town of Guarilihue, Itata, creating wines that respect traditional vitiviniculture. Her labels champion art by local female artists.

Alice's 2020 Pipeno Pastiche is 60% Moscatel de Alejandría on skins for six months and 40% Corinto (Chasselas) carbonic-maceration. Majority aged for 8 months under flor in an ancient warped lagar – a traditional fermenter of raulí wood. Grapes came from very old vines (100-150 years-old), farmed organically (non certified) by Soledad Camaaño in La Union, Itata. It's savoury for a Chilean white, with melodies of stonefruits, too. The flavour of the flor hums in this layered but approachable drop. It sings a little louder with air, and will age really well. This is Alice's artful and respectful ode to traditional Southern white. Original woodcut print on the label by Claudia Rivera.