Orange wine lends itself perfectly to aromatic grapes, and Chile is a gold mine for these in particular. Rogue Vine have outdone themselves with this gorgeous Moscatel, which spends 2 months on skins and has a deep, enticing amber hue. Brimming with notes of quince, orange peel and spice, this is a match made in heaven with cured meats and spicy dishes.
To taste any of the Rogue Vine wines is to discover a completely different side to Chilean wine. The project hails from Itata, an old and nearly forgotten viticultural valley with bush vines growing on pure granitic soils, 400 km south of Santiago.
The project is led by two friends: Leonardo Erazo and Justin Decker, who share a passion for terroir and sustainable growing, acquired over years of travelling the world’s vineyards. In Itata they have discovered old vineyards with dry bush farmed Cinsault, País, Carignan, Malbec, Sémillon, Moscatel and more. They farm organically and vinify using native yeast and concrete tanks, and the resulting wines express the freshness and minerality of the soil and climate. Wines to make you rethink everything you thought you knew about Chilean wine.