Das Weingut Bodega Chacra - Patagonien Argentinien
Land: Argentinien
Webseite: www.bodegachacra.com
Adresse: Bodega Chacra, General Roca 1945, Rio Negro 8332, Patagonien, Argentinien, Tel: +54 2941 605125

Bodega Chacra - Rio Negro Patagonien Argentinien

Das Weingut BODEGA CHACRA befindet sich im patagonischen "Rio Negro" Weingebiet, mind. 10 Autostunden (900km) südlich von Mendoza. Je nach Weg 1000 - 1100 Kilometer (ca. 650 Meilen, Luftlinie 620 Meilen) südwestlich von Buenos Aires und 2400 - 2700 km (ca. 1500 Meilen, Luftlinie 1240 Meilen) nördlich von Tierra del Fuego, die südlichsten Spitze von Argentinien.

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Im unwirtlichen Umfeld Nordpatagoniens Pinot Noirs mit burgundischem Charakter anzubauen ist ohne Zweifel ein ehrgeiziges Projekt. Das patagonische Rio Negro Valley ist eine Steinwüste im Süden Argentiniens. In einer Höhe von 230 Metern über dem Meeresspiegel wachsen hier die Weinreben - ohne das Schmelzwasser eines Gletschers, der sich in die Anden zurückgezogen hat, könnte hier nichts wachsen. Das Mikroklima wird außerdem durch zwei Flüsse beeinflusste, deren Quelle in den Anden liegt. Der Ertrag wird hier auf ein Minimum reduziert, damit die Qualität der gelesenen Weintrauben so hoch wie möglich ist. Das Resultat ist verblüffend: Schlanke, helle, elegante und intensive Weine mit sehr tiefem Alkohol und äusserst burgundischem Charakter. Die Rebberge wurden alle auf biodynamischen Anbau umgestellt und eine moderne Weinkellerei aus Sandstein gebaut.

Die Produktions-Kapazität des patagonischen Weinguts Bodega Chacra liegt bei ca. 100`000 Weinflaschen pro Weinjahr.

Zur Geschichte des argentinischen Weinguts Bodega Chacra:
Der Enkel des italienischen SASSICAIA Gründers Marchese Mario Incisa della Rocchetta (siehe kleines Bild oben rechts), PIERO INCISA DELLA ROCCHETTA (grosses Bild), gründete BODEGA CHACRA 2004 im Rio Negro Valley in Neuquén, Patagonien, Argentinien, mind. 10 Autostunden (850km) südlich von Mendoza. Je nach Weg 1000 - 1100 Kilometer (ca. 650 Meilen, Luftlinie 620 Meilen) südwestlich von Buenos Aires und 2400 - 2600 km (ca. 1450 Meilen, Luftlinie 1220 Meilen) nördlich von Tierra del Fuego, der südlichsten Spitze von Argentinien.

Ein Teil der Weinrebenlagen wurden bereits 1932 bepflanzt und schliesslich von Piero neu aufgeforstet und gepflegt. HANS VINDING-DIERS, der dänische Winemaker vom "benachbarten" Weingut Noemia de Patagonia, wurde Consultant-Winemaker bei Bodega Chacra. NOEMI MARONE CINZANO, die Co-Besitzerin von Noemia de Patagonia, ist zugleich eine Cousine von Piero. Ein Jahr nach der Gründung von Bodega Chacra durch PIERO INCISA DELLA ROCCHETTA in 2004, wurde eine moderne Weinkellerei (siehe Bild) aus Sandstein gebaut, die sich harmonisch, und doch extravagant, in die Umgebung von Rio Negro einfügt.

Bodega Chacra - Patagonia Argentina:
Bodega Chacra is located in the Rio Negro Valley of northern Patagonia, 620 miles south of Buenos Aires, 1,240 miles north of Tierra del Fuego, and roughly equidistant west to east from the Andes Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The propertys situation in the arid central Argentine desert is tempered by the confluence of the Neuquen and Limay Rivers, both of which flow from the Andes and converge in the Rio Negro, which in turn flows into the Atlantic. The Rio Negro Valley itself is a glacial bed 15.5 miles wide stretching 310 miles along the rivers banks at an elevation of 750 feet above sea level. The valley is irrigated by a network of channels excavated in the late 1820s by British colonists who observed the abundant snow melt flowing from the Andes and created an oasis in the middle of the desert.

The climate is dry, with maximum humidity of thirty percent and an average of seven inches of rainfall annually. This aridity, coupled with the natural barrier of the surrounding desert, results in a complete absence of phylloxera and vine diseases. The air is pristine and without pollution, creating tremendous luminosity and purity of sunlight. During the ripening period, in the first quarter of the year, diurnal temperatures vary widely, ranging from an average of 82.4F (28C) during the day and 48.2F (9C) at night. The seasons are precisely defined, with hot summers, cold winters and mild springs and autumns. This consistency of climate enhances consistency of the wine from vintage to vintage.

In 2004, Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, nephew of Nicolò Incisa della Rocchetta most famous for the noble Sassicaia produced on his Bolgheri estate Tenuta San Guido in Italie, purchased the first of Bodega Chacras vineyards, a property with an existing, though abandoned, vineyard planted in 1932.

This singular vineyard of gnarled Pinot Noir vines, planted on their own rootstocks, is head trained and produces tiny bunches of small, concentrated berries. The vineyards pale, dry, porous soils are dominated by gravel and coarse alluvial pebbles with significant limestone content. Irrigation is carried out at most five times during the vine cycle, with a single copper sulfate treatment. A green harvest in January reduces the already small yield, so that at harvest each vine produces at most five small clusters of grapes collectively weighing roughly a pound. The fruit is collected by hand into small boxes in the early morning hours during the first week of March. The process of harvesting with these small boxes, each of which holds only eight kilos of grapes, is more tedious than using large containers, but it prevents the fruit on the bottom from being bruised. The grapes are refrigerated on the way to the Bodega Chacra winery to preserve the freshness of their fruit, and then hand-destemmed, sorted and placed in 200-liter lined cement vats for fermentation.

No mechanization is used at any stage of the production process. The berries are placed whole, without crushing, in the fermentation vat, where the weight of the grapes near the top of the vat crushes some of those at the bottom of the vat. This method, which shares similarities with carbonic maceration, allows the wine to express the subtle, complex and finely textured tannins characteristic of very old vines. Fermentation is initiated spontaneously by indigenous yeasts, and lasts approximately three weeks at an average temperature of 78.8F (26C). During fermentation, a layer of carbon dioxide blankets the surface of the cap, which is neither pumped over nor punched down.

Once the alcoholic fermentation is complete, the wines of Bodega Chacra is transferred off the skins into small French oak barrels in the most gentle manner possible, by gravity, without pressing or filtering. Barrels from three different barrel makers in Burgundy are used, of which only twenty percent are new. The tight, fine grain of Burgundian oak minimizes oxidation and restrains transfer of oak characteristics to the wine. Malolactic fermentation begins spontaneously once the wine is in barrel, and is completed in roughly six months. A small amount of free sulfur is then added to kill any stray yeasts or bacteria, and the wine remains undisturbed on its lees for a total of approximately twelve months in barrel. Bottling takes place around the first week of June without fining or filtration. The objective is for the oak, the fruit and the nuances of the soil to marry perfectly so that influence of the wood is nearly imperceptible in the wine, and the vine and "terroir" are expressed to their fullest.

Since acquisition of the 1932 vineyard, Piero Incisa has discovered and purchased two other old vine Pinot Noir vineyards which will produce two further Bodega Chacra single-vineyard wines beginning in the 2006 vintage. The first, from a vineyard planted in 1955, will be called "Cinquenta y Cinco." The second, from vines planted in 1967, will similarly be called "Sesanta y Sete." A fourth wine, called "Barda" ("The Ridge"), will be produced in later vintages. Conceived in the idea of a second wine, it will be a blend of components eliminated from the single-vineyard wines as well as wine from a recently planted, ten-acre vineyard on the original 1932 property.

In mid-2005, ground was broken for a new winery at the site of the 1932 vineyard. Heusch Architects have designed an elegantly simple, sandstone structure in complete harmony with its desert surroundings which allows complete control over the winemaking process through gravity. At a maximum capacity of 100,000 bottles per vintage, the Bodega Chacra winery is scaled to fit a hand crafted production from three of the most extraordinary and unique vineyards of Argentina.

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