Leonardo Erazo is a rare talent. The diversity of experience and knowledge he possesses on all subjects surrounding wine is impressive. After graduating from the University of Chile with a degree in Agronomy and Enology, he traveled the world for a decade working for various estates doing research in soil science, geology and bio-dynamics. We have worked with many winemakers over the years and few speak with as much humility and authority as he does, and on such a broad array of subjects that pertain to winemaking and viticulture.
Leo's minimalistic style of winemaking and growing requires exceptional discretion on his part, combining some modern techniques with established traditions. He believes that the best dry-farmed ancient vineyards found in the Itata Valley require as little stylizing as possible to showcase the deep expression of their terroirs. While employing bio-dynamic principals, he uses the advice of the experienced local farmers who have been naturally farming this region for centuries.
Volcanico Pais comes from very old vine (100 years and more) grown on pure basalt (volcanic) soil.
Hand harvested, fermentation starts spontaneously with native yeast, Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally. it is fermented and aged in concrete vats, the extraction is very subtle. The skins are basket press. The wine is then aged in large wood vessels and after 14 months is bottled with a very coarse filtration.
Light and juicy, with captivating dark fruits, an earthy, herbal touch and fine grippy tannins on the finish. The aromas of cinder and ash one usually expects from volcanic wines the world over are folded into an array of soft red and orange fruits. A fresh wine, delicate, marked by fine grain tannins that give a very unique structure and create a long lingering finish with a distinctive mineral character due to the volcanic soils where the old vines thrive.