Ver Sacrum GSM Chacayes 2016

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Tasting Notes

Aromas of red fruit, dark raspberry, clove, grape stem, and a touch of orange candy. This wine has a fine, supple, and juicy structure. Fruit is red, with cherries and their slightly bitter pits major players. Deft on its feet, pure and clean, Ver Sacrum evokes neither Rhône nor Australian versions of a GSM. Medium in body and length.

 

Eduardo Soler is an avid mountaineer who has scaled numerous famous peaks around the world and worked ski patrol in Aspen. When he returned to Argentina, he began managing a ski resort outside Mendoza. Here he met a few adventurous young growers who were working with “alternative” varieties, focusing on Rhône grapes. He joined with two partners, founding Ver Sacrum in 2012. Their philosophy focuses on fresh, low alcohol, honest, and easy-drinking wines. To this end, they harvest grapes manually and crush most by foot. Skin contact is light, native yeast is used in fermentation, no enzymes or other corrections are used, and the wines see no pumpovers or filtrations. Soler describes the name of the project thus: “When the old sent their young to found new villages, bringing grape vines to start new vineyards, they sent them off with a ceremony called the sacred spring or Ver Sacrum. Since then the Ver Sacrum is a symbol of the new tribe, new art, new vine. We renew this ancient vow, with the audacity to create something new. This is our Ver Sacrum.”

 

Grapes for this wine come from a field blend of Garnacha, Monastrell, and Syrah, grown in the 15-acre La Rivera vineyard planted in 2012 in Los Chacayes in the cool Uco Valley. This high-altitude vineyard is sustainably farmed and vines are gobelet trained (bush vines). All three varieties are macerated together for 14 days and fermented together for 20 days in cement eggs. The wine ages eight months in fourth-use French oak and spends a year in bottle before release.

 
Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Cheese, Duck, Lamb, Mushrooms, Pork, Roasted Root Vegetables, Vegetables

Color:
Red
Origin:
Argentina
Grape Varietal:
50% Grenache/Garnacha, 25% Syrah/Shiraz, 25% Monastrell/Mourvedre
Price:
$20.00 each
  bottle(s)