Vineyard: The vineyard for this wine is located in the Itata zone near Cauquenes in what is the oldest vineyard land in Chile. The whole zone is dry farmed and the oldest vineyards are all head pruned vines. The vines are 80 plus years old and ungrafted. There is a mix of varietals in this vineyard which includes Malbec (over 100 years old) Carignan, Syrah, Pais and Carmenere...all which are a massal selection.
Soil: red granite in various stages of decomposition is the main component of the soil.
Viticulture: The group works naturally and practices organic techniques in the vineyards.
Vinification: The fruit is fermented in cement using as much as possible the wild yeasts on the skins.
Aging: Barely any wine sees oak...maybe 7% in used French oak.
Production: 60 cases imported to the US
Notes: The name of this blend "Cauquenina" is the name given to a woman from Cauquenes and the Clos de Fous team feel this wine has a very feminine quality to it. A unique and interesting nose full of spice and savory herbs. The palate has very soft red fruits with some tannic structure and a lot of minerality.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 94 (Suckling)
A fascinating handmade wine with so much earth and spice aromas and flavors. Full body, light tannins and a rich and flavorful finish. So much going on here. Made from bought grapes from small growers mostly in the Caquenes region. Old head pruned vines. Pais, cinsult, carignan, malbec, syrah, portugais bleu. Soulful. Drink now.