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De Otro Planeta Moscatel de Alejandría Wine - Viña Casalibre

De Otro Planeta
Moscatel de Alejandría

Itata Valley

Wines difficult to explain … but that speak by themselves! And surely they did not come from this world…

The purest expression of carefully selected organic grapes, fermented with their native yeasts in open top barrels and minimum intervention.

pure and natural

This is an Orange wine – or Skin-Contact wine – made with the Moscatel de Alejandría grape. We ferment and age it in old oak barrels, without temperature control, in order to deliver the purest expression of our grapes its vineyard.

tasting notes

Within the context of much exuberance of the variety, this one is quite austere. It has many floral aromas along with ripe white fruits. In the mouth, there is a good balance between acidity and sweetness. Descorchados Guide 2022, 92 points.

pairing

Oriental cuisines, especially sweet and sour dishes such as pad thai and salmon or shrimp with fruit sauces. It also pairs well with desserts with fruits and nuts or almonds.

Wine

Skin-Contact wine (orange wine) 100% Moscatel de Alejandría. Made with naturally farmed grapes from ungrafted and dry-farmed vines more than 50 years old from Itata Valley, Chile. Fermented with native yeasts and skin-contact for 1 month in used open-top oak barrels, then aged for 10 months in used oak barrels. Not fined or filtered, to keep the purest expression of a Moscatel de Alejandría that surely did not come from this planet!

Vineyard

Huaro sector in the Guarilihue/Coelemu zone, Itata Valley – This is one of the highest sector of Guarilihue. Vineyard located approximately 18 miles from the Pacific Ocean with vines more than 50 years old. Planted over highly decomposed granite and quartz soils and north sun exposure, with head-pruned (or “goblet”) vines.

Viticulture

Noncertified organic farming, focusing on giving maximum autonomy to the field and to amplifying the existing life in the ground and subsoil, to intervene as little as possible. No use of pesticides or chemical additives. Due the head-pruned vines, no machine or truck is used – all field work is made with the help of horses.

Winemaking

Hand harvested grapes. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts, without temperature control. The clusters are destemmed, and the berries are gravity-fed to 225 liters open-top used oak barrels, where fermentation with skin-contact takes about 1 month at its own pace. The wine is then pressed, and it returns to used oak barrels for aging. Exceptionally in this 2022 vintage, due to a greater micro bacteriological presence (mostly because of rains during the ripening season), we have decided to apply a small dose of sulfites before packaging.

Aging

About 10 months in used oak barrels. After racking, the wine is bottled without filtering.

Winemaker

Luca Hodgkinson. He was born and raised in Priorat, Catalonia. Master in Bordeaux, has intentionally “unlearned” much of what he had learned academically. Responsible for the organic conversion of François Lurton’s vineyards in Chile and Argentina, he currently advises various sincere wine projects in Chile.

Technical Data

Vintage: 2022
Grapes: Moscatel de Alejandría
Appellation: Itata Valley, Chile
Aging: Used 225 liters oak barrels
Production: 3,774 bottles
ABV: 13.5%
Residual Sugar: 2.17 g/L
Total Acidity: 3.14 g/L
Volatile Acidity: 0.75 g/L
pH: 3.67
Free So2: 15 ppm
Total So2: 52 ppm

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Factsheet De Otro Planeta Moscatel de Alejandría 2022

Wine

Skin-Contact wine (orange wine) 100% Moscatel de Alejandría. Made with naturally farmed grapes from ungrafted and dry-farmed vines more than 50 years old from Itata Valley, Chile. Dry-farmed without the use of any pesticides. Fermented with native yeasts and skin-contact for 1 month in old open-top barrels, and then aged for 10 months in used oak barrels without the addition of any additives or sulfites. Not fined or filtered, to keep the purest expression of a Moscatel de Alejandría that surely did not come from this planet!

Vineyard

Huaro sector in the Guarilihue/Coelemu zone, Itata Valley – This is one of the highest sector of Guarilihue. Vineyard located approximately 18 miles from the Pacific Ocean with vines more than 50 years old. Planted over highly decomposed granite and quartz soils and north sun exposure, with head-pruned (or “goblet”) vines.

Viticulture

Noncertified organic farming, focusing on giving maximum autonomy to the field and to amplifying the existing life in the ground and subsoil, to intervene as little as possible. No use of pesticides or chemical additives. Due the head-pruned vines, no machine or truck is used – all field work is made with the help of horses.

Winemaking

Hand harvested grapes. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts, without temperature control. The clusters are destemmed, and the berries are gravity-fed to 225 liters open-top used oak barrels, where fermentation with skin-contact takes about 1 month at its own pace. The wine is then pressed, and it returns to used oak barrels for aging. No use of any additive or addition of sulfites.

Aging

About 10 months in used oak barrels. After racking, the wine is bottled without filtering.

Winemaker

Luca Hodgkinson. He was born and raised in Priorat, Catalonia. Master in Bordeaux, has intentionally “unlearned” much of what he had learned academically. Responsible for the organic conversion of François Lurton’s vineyards in Chile and Argentina, he currently advises various sincere wine projects in Chile.

Technical Data

Vintage: 2021
Grapes: Moscatel de Alejandría
Appellation: Itata Valley, Chile
Aging: Used 225 liters oak barrels
Production: 1,200 bottles
ABV: 13.5%
Residual Sugar: 1.76 g/L
Total Acidity: 3.38 g/L
Volatile Acidity: 0.90 g/L
pH: 3.64
Free So2: 4 ppm
Total So2: 34 ppm

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Factsheet De Otro Planeta Moscatel de Alejandría 2021

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