Pencopolitano, Pedro Parra y Familia, Itata-Cauquenes, Chile 2016
Pedro Parra y Familia, Itata-Cauquenes
“The work of soil specialist Pedro Parra, this is a gorgeously pure, floral red blend with a lick of salty freshness.”
David Williams, The Observer February 2017
Pedro holds a PhD in Terroir from the Paris Centre of Agriculture, with six years’ experience working with French terroirs. As a highly respected consultant working in several countries (Chile, Argentina, USA, Italy, Canada, France, Armenia), Pedro brings an open mind and vision to winemakers and viticulturists alike. As a result, his innovative work was included in the prestigious “Decanter Magazine Power List” in 2009, 2011 and 2013. Pedro has been described as the leading figure of the “New Chile” movement by the international press, in part because of his constant endeavour to bring a new vision to the Chilean wine industry, searching for quality terroirs and developing new plantings throughout the country. All of the vineyards he works with are located in the south of Chile, about 400km south of Santiago. The soils here are a mix of 220-300 million years old schist and granite.
Recommended by David Williams in the February 2017 issue of The Oberserver Food Monthly as one of his 6 best 'hipster wines', Pencopolitano Pedro Parra y Familia 2016 is gloriously aromatic with an abundance of roses and wild red berries. Medium bodied on the palate, it has incredible precision with a focused minerality and underlying savoury character, which makes it seriously moreish. It’s drinking very well now, but will continue to open up over the next 5-6 years.
Grapes: 30% Malbec, 25% Syrah, 19% Carmenère, 11% Carignan, 11% Cinsault, 4% Pais