Miguel Torres Chile Reserva de Pueblo is made from 100% Pais. The Pais grape variety is an ancient grape variety that was originally taken to South America by the Spanish Conquistadores over 500 years ago. In Spain this variety was known as Listan Negro and later became known as Mission before being called Pais in Chile.
Miguel Torres have had operations in Chile since 1979 when the company acquired a small wine in Curico in the Chilean central valley and were one of the first foreign firms to invest in the country. Their original 100 hectares bought in 1979 has now grown, some thirty years later to 445 hectares of vineyards all owned by Torres Chile. A lot of Pais was grubbed up over the years but, even so, some 15,000 hectares remain planted. Up until now it has previously been used to make cheap wine for local consumption.
The Pais grapes are sourced from the Secano Interior. The Secano Interior is a DO with a sub humid Mediterranean climate region of Chile and the cooler parts are thought to be the best for Pais. The Pais grape variety is an ancient grape variety that was originally taken to South America by the Spanish Conquistadores over 500 years ago. In Spain this variety was known as Listan Negro and later became known as Misión before being called Pais in Chile. Pais remained popular in Chile until the mid-nineteenth century when French grape varieties become prevalent. Thanks to Miguel Torres Chile, Pais is now undergoing a revival as a great grape variety for producing sparkling rosé and now this red wine. There are still some 15,000 hectares of Pais planted. The grapes for this wine are dry farmed in the Valle de Maule.
Miguel Torres Chile Reserva de Pueblo Pais is made using 95% carbonic maceration (like Beaujolais) in which whole grapes are fermented in a carbon dioxide rich environment prior to crushing. This tends to produce a lighter, softer and fruitier style of wine low in tannins. Can be served lightly chilled.
Miguel Torres Chile Reserva de Pueblo Pais is a Fair Trade/ Fair for Life wine.
This wine is fined with bentonite clay and is therefore suitable for vegans and vegetarians.