Founded by friends Sven Bruchfield & Gonzalo Munoz in 2002 after they had both travelled widely around Europe studying winemaking, intending to establish their own property. A glass of Syrah with some lamb in a café in Narbonne proved to be the inspiration for Polkura, recognised now as one of the pre-eminent producers of the variety in Chile. At 12ha Polkura is by far the largest winery in MOVI.
Polkura is the name of a small hill in the vineyard, literally “yellow stone” in the native Chilean Mapuche language, referring to the large amounts of yellow granite spread along with the clay soils of the area. Decomposed granite imparts all Polkura’s wines with mineral acidity and elegance, whereas the clay provides body and structure.
87% Malbec, 13% Syrah. Vines are dry farmed to maintain stress and promote concentration in the grapes. Fermentation takes place in 100% French oak, where the wine also undergoes full malolactic fermentation, followed by 15 months aging in barrel. Again no stabilisation, fining or filtration.
In addition to Syrah a number of other varieties were planted in 2002. These were often used to supply other wineries but by 2015 Sven and Gonzalo realised that their quality was high enough for them to start working with them in-house. And so the Random Project was born; an annually changing blend of the best performing parcels. The 2017 is 45% Syrah, 30% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Grenache, 2% Tempranillo and 2% Petit Verdot – but no vintage is ever the same, hence the name. Just 1,400 cases produced, no stabilisation, fining or filtration.