We are offering both of these Tinto de Rulo wines at significant discounts. We are selling the Tinto de Rulo Malbec at £15.00 a bottle, down from £22.00 and the Tinto de Rulo Pipeno for £10.50 a bottle, down from £17.50. These are some huge savings to be had here. There is one flat price, no mixed six or single bottle price. As always with our limited parcels, once they are gone, they are gone. So make sure to grab your bottles before it's too late.
Tinto De Rulo work in association with small wineries, vinifying grapes from organic vineyards of more than 100 years old in the interior dry land of Chile. The project of three friends, it's a small project, making just 1200 cases in total, from tiny plots of Pais and Malbec which are spread across Itata and Bio Bio. Their plots range from 70 to 200 years in age, with a little plot of Carignan from just over the hills in Maule as well.
The fruit from these pristine organic vineyards is fermented in clay amphorae, and old rauli pipes with only minimal sulphur added at bottling, without chemical intervention or significant manipulations. Tinto de Rule intends to bring all the characteristics of the vineyard intact to the bottle. These wines are a proper introduction to the wilder side of Chile.
The Pipeno grapes come from vineyards in Yumbel planted on granite soils where the vines are at least 70 years old. The vines are pruned in a gobelet trellis system, and all vineyard management is organic, and only minute amounts of sulphur are used, to prevent fungal diseases. Yumbel is located some 500km south of the city of Santiago, 300m above sea level, with a temperate climate, a well-defined dry season and a winter with an annual rainfall of 800mm. Half of this wine is fermented in Chilean oak Lagares and half in old clay amphorae. The fermentation is entirely spontaneous, and without the use of commercial yeasts it's made from 100% Pais grapes, giving a wine light in colour and body, but full of ripe strawberry flavours with a touch of earthiness.
The Malbec grapes come from vineyards in San Rosendo where the soils are mostly granite and vines are at least a century old. The vines are pruned in gobelet trellis system, and all vineyard management is organic. San Rosendo is located some 500km south of the city of Santiago, 300m above sea level, with a temperate climate, a well-defined dry season and a winter with an annual rainfall of 800mm. While Argentina is the apparent home of Malbec in South America, this competitor from across the Andes gives them a good run for their money. The grapes are spontaneously fermented before ageing for a year in old French oak barrels. The result is ripe and supple wine full of dark and juicy blackberry and cherry flavours and held in place with refreshing acidity and round, well-integrated tannins.