Pencopolitano

Pencopolitano

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Cheese Match
Manchego, Taleggio, Barkham Blue, Stilton
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Duck Confit, Lamb Shanks, Cassoulet, Beef Stew, Steak and Chips
Review

“Though the country is still dominated by large, play-it-safe corporations, adventurous small producers are starting to emerge in Chile. 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 Food Monthly

“From terroir guru Pedro Parra comes this juicy, delicate blend of Malbec, Syrah, Carmenere and a dash of Carignan, Cinsault and País. Chewy cherry and cassis on a smooth, weighty palate with a fine, mineral finish. Drink 2017-2025” Christelle Guibert, Decanter.com

“The 2014 Pencopolitano will be the entry-level of the high end wines, but for now it's the only one produced in 2014. It's a blend from Itata and Cauquenes. The wine is matured in 40% used barrels and one year in bottle before it's sold. Five different vineyards fermented and aged separately, and they were blended before bottling. Pedro Parra is an expert in terroir and here he searches for the purest expression of red granite soils; he does not want a variety to dominate the nose, so it's a multi-grape blend that includes three field blends. The nose opens up quite quickly and there is a melange of flowers and red wild berries that do not point to any specific variety. The palate is medium-bodied with incredible precision, laser cut, focused with great minerality, almost salty and terribly tasty. It's drinking well now and should continue improving during five or six years, but drinking nicely throughout its life. In 2015 there will be three wines, one Cinsault, one Carignan and this blend. Two more will come in the future. 9,600 bottles produced.” Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate eRobertParker.com

“Spicy and velvety. Black cherry, some charred meat notes. Fragrant and smooth and delicious savoury character with a medicinal length.” [2015 vintage] Richard Hemming MW, Purple Pages of  jancisrobinson.com

“Dark crimson. Some País in the blend? Yes – mostly, with Carignan and Cinsault and a little bit of Malbec. Smells a bit gamey. Racy and full and broad on the palate. This would be a perfect wine to give a doubter of País. Complex and mouth-filling with reassuringly familiar nose.” [2015 vintage] Jancis Robinson, Purple Pages of  jancisrobinson.com

Vintage: 2014
Country: Chile
Region: Itata-Cauquenes
Colour: Red
Grape: 30% Malbec, 25% Syrah, 19% Carmenère, 11% Carignan, 11% Cinsault, 4% Pais
Size: 75cl

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 2014 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. 

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Written Review

“Though the country is still dominated by large, play-it-safe corporations, adventurous small producers are starting to emerge in Chile. 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 Food Monthly

“From terroir guru Pedro Parra comes this juicy, delicate blend of Malbec, Syrah, Carmenere and a dash of Carignan, Cinsault and País. Chewy cherry and cassis on a smooth, weighty palate with a fine, mineral finish. Drink 2017-2025” Christelle Guibert, Decanter.com

“The 2014 Pencopolitano will be the entry-level of the high end wines, but for now it's the only one produced in 2014. It's a blend from Itata and Cauquenes. The wine is matured in 40% used barrels and one year in bottle before it's sold. Five different vineyards fermented and aged separately, and they were blended before bottling. Pedro Parra is an expert in terroir and here he searches for the purest expression of red granite soils; he does not want a variety to dominate the nose, so it's a multi-grape blend that includes three field blends. The nose opens up quite quickly and there is a melange of flowers and red wild berries that do not point to any specific variety. The palate is medium-bodied with incredible precision, laser cut, focused with great minerality, almost salty and terribly tasty. It's drinking well now and should continue improving during five or six years, but drinking nicely throughout its life. In 2015 there will be three wines, one Cinsault, one Carignan and this blend. Two more will come in the future. 9,600 bottles produced.” Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate eRobertParker.com

“Spicy and velvety. Black cherry, some charred meat notes. Fragrant and smooth and delicious savoury character with a medicinal length.” [2015 vintage] Richard Hemming MW, Purple Pages of  jancisrobinson.com

“Dark crimson. Some País in the blend? Yes – mostly, with Carignan and Cinsault and a little bit of Malbec. Smells a bit gamey. Racy and full and broad on the palate. This would be a perfect wine to give a doubter of País. Complex and mouth-filling with reassuringly familiar nose.” [2015 vintage] Jancis Robinson, Purple Pages of  jancisrobinson.com

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