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The Diz family come from Villanova de Arousa in Galicia (Spain) crossing the Atlantic in 1881, settling in South America. It was in Argentina, where the family originally settled, they dedicated themselves to cultivating the land, developing land to populate and produce meat.
They settled in Uruguay in 1998 and fell deeply in love with the country and especially with the Maldonado mountain region where they saw enormous potential for fruit and vegetable cultivation, production of honey, meat and finished products for sale to an increasingly demanding public.
It was in 2003 that the family established La Oriental in Paraje José Ignacio. Olive trees were planted in 2004 followed by red vines the year after. Their first commercial harvest of both olive & vine came in 2008 and were sold off to third parties. It wasn’t until 2011 that the family produced wine under their own label, Sierra Oriental.
With a 10% slope and a high content of sand, quartz and ballast, it provides the vineyard with perfect drainage, a fundamental player in viticulture. The textures of our soil favour root penetration, giving a very high stability to the vines.
Serrano maritime climate with average rainfall of 1200mm per year and between 160 and 260 meters above sea level. It tends to be windy keeping the vines in optimal health conditions.
With 12 acres under vine Sierra Oriental practice sustainable farming; natural processes, and minimal intervention vineyard management.
The origin of Petit Verdot is still confusing, very popular as a cut variety in the great wines of Bordeaux, its late maturity brings aroma, colour, acidity and tannins. However, in the southern hemisphere, where harvests are located at the end of summer, the grapes obtain a full maturity, balancing their tannic structure and their acidity.
With a predetermined winemaking style and characters inspired by the new world, we achieve a mono varietal wine with a unique, balanced and polymerized structure.
Wild ferment with 8 months in French oak, 20% of which is new.
On the nose aromas of black fruit, plums, currants, blackberries, raspberries, complementing with intense notes of white chocolate and coffee. Ripe red fruit on the palate, with nuances of pomegranate, apple and pitanga (Brazilian cherry). hints of vanilla and black pepper spice. This is an elegant full-bodied wine, the fresh acidity and silky tannins framing the spicy ripe fruits and mineral notes.
Harmonious and elegant.
A full bodied Petit Verdot pairs best with Bold Food. It loves smoke, curry and Cajun spices.
Up to 8 years with careful cellaring.
Don’t just take our word for it…
“Petit Verdot doesn’t lack colour or structure and this example from Maldonado is no exception. Aged in 20% new French oak, it’s a sappy, refreshing red with racy acidity, sinewy tannins, some coffee bean top notes and damson and blackberry intensity. 2023-2030” – Tim Atkin MW