Henriquez grew up in Concepción (5 hours South of Santiago), but spent years traveling the world learning tricks to farm native Chilean vines in biodynamic style. He studied agronomy and enology at the University of Concepción. From there, he traveled and worked with winemakers in Canada, South Africa and finally in the Loire Valley with Rene Mosse(who heavily influenced his progression into organic and biodynamic farming).
One of Chile's first and biggest proponents of a return to natural winemaking, he is dedicated to reviving low intervention farming and a focus on terroir to a region long centered on producing heavy, high alcohol, bulk commercial wine. The key to his success has been in producing wine made from 200-year-grapes located at the southern end of the Bio Bio riverbank. His vineyards were personally and carefully selected. Working with long term fermage agreements, he farms all the land himself and harvests everything by hand.
The 2020 Norte is a blend of Moscatel, Corinto, and Semillón. It's super aromatic: orange blossom, white flowers and tangerine on the nose, but refined and delicate in the glass with stone fruits, green almond and a peppery, musky finish. An easy pleaser with steely structure and vibrant acidity. While it spends 3 months on the skins, the contact is obvious (the color isn't orange) and the tannin isn't overbearing. Instead the skins create a soft structure that remains playful.
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