For the lucky few who had the opportunity to taste the new, boutique Chilean wines on our portfolio at our Showcase earlier this year, you won't have forgotten Renan Cancino's Huaso de Sauzal wines - they are completely unique, full of character and have amazing purity.
Wine Director, Dirce Vianna Junior MW had this to say when they arrived:
"Renan Cancino, a quietly spoken and humble man, is highly rated in Chile for his unique style of winemaking.
I asked a friend of mine, Hector Riquelme - considered one of the best sommeliers in Chile - what he thought, and he told me how much he loves Renan's wines and described the winery as a place where time stopped 300 years ago.
This is without a doubt my take-home wine of the month - one to impress my family and friends with."
About Huaso de Sauzal
Renán Cancino makes very traditional wine in a small town called Sauzal in the Maule region. He works with vines that are up to 300 years old and produces wines without any modern technology, spraying or sulphites. Fermentation takes place in outside lagares, destemming is manual using a bamboo salander, natural yeasts, and a gentle press using rocks (placed on top of the grapes).
Renán studied agronomy and gained experience in a co-operative before setting up on his own in Sauzal - drawn to the area for its cooler climates and granite-based soils. He produces three wines, and his País is among the best in Chile, in his own words, “My País is for the dinner table, not the terrace.”