Pedro Parro, Pencopolitano 2018
Itata, Bio Bio, Chile
Cinsault & Pais
“Pencopolitano comes from PENCO, an old Spanish enclave where the City of Concepción was established for more than 250 years. It was totally destroyed by the big Tsunami of 1758. PENCOPOLITANO means citizen of Concepcion, my city, Capital of the Itata Valley and terroir for all of my wines.” –Pedro Parra
Pedro holds a Ph.D. in terroir from the Paris Center of Agriculture, and has shared his knowledge as a consultant for many wineries in multiple countries, and is a leading figure of the “New Chile” movement.
The wine comes from dry-farmed old vines on granite and quartz. The wine was aged in untoasted foudres and cement tanks for one year, then eight months in bottle. 1,100 cases were produced.
Cinsault is a French varietal that is often used in blending Rhone reds and rose from Provence. It's light in bodied with red fruit and a touch of spice that goes well with meats and food. País (aka “Mission”) arrived in Chile as raisins on-board Spanish ships in the 1600s to make wine for Catholic mass. Some of these vineyards still survive today.