2019 Grus, Viñedos de Alcohuaz, Elqui Valley
The 2019 Grus was produced with a blend of 75% Syrah, 13% Petite Sirah, 7% Garnacha, 2% Malbec, 2% Cariñena and 1% Petit Verdot. They use a large proportion, up to 60% whole bunch and ferment naturally in stone lagares, before transferring to a combination of foudres and concrete eggs for maturation. The result is a lovely fresh red with mineral, flinty texture, moderate alcohol and savoury complexity. Harvesting early compared to their compatriots keeps the fruit fresh and the wine bright and lively.