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2019 Alice L'Estrange Pipeno Pastiche

Itata, Chile

A flor-fermented, oxidative Chilean white wine that is made from predominantly Muscat grapes. An excellent and wild natural wine here from Alice L'Estrange.

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Very good, vibrant, detailed orange wine.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

This is Alice L'Estrange's artistic interpretation of a classic, old-school Chilean white table wine.

It's made from two varieties that have a long history in Chilean wine: Moscatel de Alejandría (Muscat) which was on on skins for six months and Corinto (Chasselas) which was fermented as whole berries. Most of the wine was aged under flor and handled highly oxidatively, just as the white wines of the region would have been made generations ago.

It's an excellent orange wine imbued with complexity with a wild streak in its personality. It's salty, tangy, nutty and awesome to drink.

About Alice L'Estrange

Alice L'Estrange is an Aussie wine importer/producer based out of Melbourne with a deep passion for the traditional wines of Chile.

Under her Strange Grapes label, Alice sources fruit from growers who have a sustainable approach to farming in Itata and Bio Bio and endeavours to bring to life authentic styles of Chilean wines that honour the culture and the heritage of the area.

These are made with a hands-off approach. They are meant to convey the beauty and rusticity of the Chilean wines of old. It's a fascinating project with some exciting wines already emerging.

Winemaker/importer, Alice L
Winemaker/importer, Alice L'Estrange
Itata, Chile
Additional Info

From The Producer

60% Moscatel de Alejandría on skins for six months and 40% Corinto (Chasselas) carbonic-maceration. Majority aged under flor. 12.1% (label typo).
Grapes farmed by Soledad Camaaño in La Union, Itata, some 12km from the ocean. Granite, sandy loam, large quartz deposits. 100-150yr-old vines.
In spring the Moscatel came off skins (no pressing) and was blended with the Corinto that was waiting in barrique. The blend was then spread across barriques and a tank, the latter I placed inside an ancient "lagar"- a traditional fermenter of raulí wood that had always been used to make pipeño*.
On an angle in the 100+yr-old and warped vessel, the tank of course had some headspace that allowed a thick and healthy flor to form. Bottled 8 months later.
This is a combination of two entirely anti-traditional techniques: extended skin contact with the Moscatel and whole-bunch anaerobic ferment with the Corinto. But because of the prominent flor and skinsy-ness, all the old locals (the winery sees regular drop-ins, I should learn to close the gate) said it smelt and tasted like Pipeño of the past, of the real old days. So it’s my artful and respectful imitation of traditional Southern white, Pipeño Pastiche.

So2 at pressing and blending, lab test reads 44ppm total, 4ppm free.

Blend : Moscatel de Alejandría (60%), Corinto (40%)
ABV : 12.1%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2023
Bottle Size : 750ml

The vineyard source
The vineyard source
Itata, Chile
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

94Points
The Wine Front

"Amazing wine, complex, floral, yes, but deeply savoury too, chewy in texture, loaded with flavour but so very fresh and bright. Has that strong green herb and seaweed kind of mulchy character you get when skin ferment and muscat are in the same space. Excellent length and persistence too. Very good, vibrant, detailed orange wine." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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