Some refer to País as the Gamay of Chile; it’s fresh and juicy, with a slightly herbaceous edge. Matorral from González Bastías is a wine with hidden depths. The grapes come from low-yielding 200-year-old vines, and the wine combines youthful vibrancy with incredibly concentrated fruit. It reveals layers of complexity, with soft red berry fruit and tingling acidity giving way to a wild earthy minerality.
José Luis Gómez Bastías is the 5th generation of his family to cultivate vineyards on the south bank of the Maule river. Unlike some of the larger landowners in Maule and Bio Bio, they haven’t grubbed up or re-grafted their 200-year-old País bush vines for more ‘popular’ international varietals. In 2013 Jose Luis met Daniela Lorenzo, an agronomist and viticulturist in Santiago; she fell in love with the project and with Jose Luis! They now run the vineyards and winery together.
Their objective is to live and work sustainably and look after their beautiful land and its history and traditions: from the music, the food, to the philosophy of respecting nature, they practice agriculture as a part of life and not just a business. They aim to create a balanced ecosystem; their four hectares of vineyards are also home to fruit trees and wildlife. Sheep control the grass and provide natural fertiliser. Their winemaking takes a similarly holistic approach, producing wines that express their native terroir.