Viña Falernia winemaker Giorgio Flessati was also there to show a range of Elqui Valley wines, wich brougth back memories of visiting the lush oasis he grows his grapes in. One of is up-and-coming-bestsellers is its ELKI PEDRO XIMENEZ 2010 (rrp £ 5,23) , wich displays a mixture of stone fruits, savoury characters and a good minerality.
One unconventional pioneer is Giorgio Flessati of Viña Falernia in Elqui Valley, a full five hours north of Santiago and one of the world's highest wine regions.
The Italian native (who also makes wine in Italy and Russia) started here in 1999 after visiting his
cousin, one of the largest pisco producers in the area.
wanted to use traditional pisco grapes Pedro Ximenez, Torontel and Moscatel for quality table wine.
works with traditional varieties as well, including an outstanding Sauvignon Blanc and an award-winning Syrah.
But there's nothing typical about his
Carmenère, which he
crafts in the style
of Italian Amarone, or his
Ripasso-style Syrah-Carmenère blend: "The soft tannins and high acidity of Carmenère lends itself well to the Amarone style.
"My wines are different from all others in Chile", proclaimed winemaker Giorgio Flessati.
"It's a combination of different fruit from the Elqui and my Italian winemaking background".