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.
This is likely one of the oldest vineyard sites in Chile, planted on sedimentary red clays and old volcanic soils. It is also the lightest of Roberto Henriquez’s red wines in 2019, clocking in at roughly 11.5% alcohol due to the slow-ripening character of the area. Tierra de las Pumas shows fresh purple florals and blueberries on the nose, with a deep echo of herbs and earth behind. The palate is bright and refreshing, with a broad mineral seam behind small red berries and orange zest and very delicate tannins.
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