I like forward thinking in winemaking.
I like winemakers that separate themselves from the pack on just the hope that maybe somebody will understand and appreciate what they’re trying to do.
And I believe that’s exactly what André Ostertag is doing here.
So here’s the breakdown…
André’s family domaine and roots are in Alsace, he trained in Burgundy, and has been biodynamic since 1998. He’s not afraid to speak out and clearly draw a dividing line between the industrialized, engineered product dominant in today’s market place, and the craft of minimal intervention, terrior-focused wine. He began his Chilean project about 10 years ago with the planting of a couple of small, bio-d, granitic hillside vineyards in one of the coolest parts of the Casablanca Valley. The fruit is hand-harvested, naturally fermented and raised in concrete egg fermenters and bottled unfiltered and unfined. It doesn’t get much more appealing than that!
Start asking around about these wines, they could be some of the very best coming out of Chile.