Enotria&Coe add maverick trio from Chile

26 February 2016

Not only have Enotria&Coe been working hard to integrate their businesses since the former acquired the latter in August last year, not to mention putting together a mammoth showcase of their new combined portfolio at the Truman Brewery in London earlier this week... They've also found the time to add some interesting new products to that portfolio.

Of particular note is a trio of independent producers from the southern regions of Chile.

First up is Terroir Sonoro, made by jazz musician Juan José Ledesma in Itata and Bío Bío. Sonoro's bringing his music into the winery, using – wait for it – the resonance of improvised jazz to suspend lees in the barrels. The result is El Perseguidor Malbec 2013 (£19.89 ex-VAT), an interesting counterpoint to the no-music-involved El Tartufo (£16.66). Want a taste of what those grapes are listening to? Hit up Terroir Sonoro on Soundcloud.

Ledesma is also bottling wine in 33cl beer bottles for secondary fermentation, creating a sparkling wine called Impostor (£6.10).

Next is Laberinto, created by Rafael Tirado, a man who sees no reason to plant vines in straight lines, and instead has vineyards planted in curves, including two labyrinths. More than just a good story for the wine label, he does this to create varied exposure of grapes to the sun. The elegant Cenizas Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (£11.25) has some fleshy fruit, but it's really all about the minerality. The same goes for Cenizas Pinot Noir 2013 (£12.90), with light, red berry fruit on the nose, leading to an ashy, mineral palate, with a slightly savoury note too.

In contrast to some of these more unusual approaches, El Viejo Almacén de Sauzal, the third Chilean addition to the range, is all about the old ways. And it's no surprise that winemaker Renán Cancino is looking to the past rather than the future, considering he's working with vines that are up to 300 years old. At this winery in Maule there's outdoor fermentation in legares, with natural yeasts, manual destemming, no sulphites... you get the idea. We'll be getting two Huaso de Sauzal wines, both £15.50 – a País 2014 and a Cariñena 2014.

You'll have to wait a while before you can get your hands on these fascinating (and restaurant-friendly) wines though – Enotria&Coe is expecting delivery in May.

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