Pais 2017
Single Ferment Series
Secano Interior Portezuelo
215 BC Ferment

23 Barrels all Cab Franc
7872 bottles filled


The Name
Pais from Portezuelo is called 2015 BC ferment ie 215 yrs before Cabernet. There was a bodega making Pais in Portezuelo in 1548. Cab Sauv was documented for the first time in 1763 near Bordeaux and the difference being 215. Name came to us during a talk in London (Imbibe Live Seminar) called “Chile before Cabernet”.


The Making

  • Ancestral farming by hand and horse
  • Naturally fermented with native yeasts
  • Open top fermenters. Caps were punched down by hand. Pressing manual.
  • No temp control (besides opening closing windows) open tank, no nada
  • Pinch of sulfites after Malolactic
  • The second fruit in the ferment was added when it is ready on top of the tank already fermenting. One continuous ferment.

Includes fruit from more than one vineyard site (co-fermented) “in one single ferment”
All the fruit does not enter the tank at same time and we simply stack on top of the fermenting tank when the next fruit is ripe — one single continuous ferment

For years we watched as the small farmers with whom we grow the parcel wines were forced to accept prices fixed [illegally] by agro-giants far below their costs for working the earth. So we developed Single Ferments as a dignified means of getting more of their wonderful fruit made into wine for export. The wines are affordable (21 usd) yet we still manage to pay a bonafide price to the farmers.

The Harvest 
In 2017 when we had devastating bushfires in Chile and a clear and present pattern emerged: the only firebreaks that stopped the spread of the flames were the small green cultivated farms of the age-old vignerons.

Vital Signs
Alcohol: 12,9
pH  3,57
Acidez:  4.1
Azúcar residual: 1,59

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Descorchados 2017 Patricio Tapia
Pais 2016 Single Ferment Secano Interior Cauquenes 2016  – Second Salvo Ferment Sirvan este país bien fresco, para apagar la sed y aprovechar sus deliciosos sabores frutales y terrosos. Patricio Tapia – 92 Pts 



Wine Advocate Robert Parker , #250  Mayo 2017
Pais 2016 Single Ferment Secano Interior Cauquenes 2016  – Second Salvo Ferment – 91 Pts
I also tasted the second version of the single ferment País, the 2016 País. There is more freshness here, and it’s not only the year. In this second ferment they increased the amount of fruit from Truquilemu. There is a note of pencil lead, unusual acidity for País and very good freshness– 9,600 bottles filled. Luis Gutierrez


Wine Advocate Robert Parker , #250  Mayo 2017

Pais 2015 Single Ferment Secano Interior Cauquenes 2015  -First Salvo Ferment
The first País from Derek is simply called 2015 País, from an old vineyard. It’s a little closed at first and feels more serious with more depth and concentration than most País around. It’s subtle and harmonious, with fine tannins and good balance, with enough acidity to stand up to food and provide the backbone to develop for a few years in bottle. Luis Gutierrez – 90 Pts

Some pictures from the Single Ferment Series :