The run-up to Fiestas Patrias in Peru this week is one more excuse to indulge in Intipalka, our Peruvian wine range. From this weekend, streets all over this captivating Latin American nation will be packed with parades, and their national flag will be waving from most buildings. Proud citizens will participate in over two days of celebrations of the country’s Independence, starting on Sunday 28th of July.
Here, in the finally sunny UK, we invite you to raise a glass of refreshing wine to toast with our Peruvian friends. To help with the quest, we are offering 10% off all Intipalka wines on our website for the whole week.
Intipalka and C&B
It has been three years since the Intipalka wines from Viñas Queirolo first landed at Corney and Barrow. The range’s success was spearheaded by a Peruvian food craze that started a decade ago and turned into one of the biggest culinary trends in London in recent years. The Intipalka wines came a long way from their previous obscurity, being showcased as the ideal pairing to Peruvian dishes and served by the glass at famous restaurants, such as Lima and Pisqu.
But the classic aromas in all the range – not to mention the freshness that makes them extremely food friendly – certainly allow for the exploration of flavours beyond the Peruvian cuisine. The Sauvignon Blanc is fresh and easy-drinking, having an added layer of flinty notes that set them apart. It can easily pair with summer dishes and salads of all nationalities, and it is also a great aperitif on its own. The Chardonnay is ripe and nuanced, with aromas of apple and spices, as well as a rich texture and depth that stand up to creamy plates and fleshier fish such as salmon.
The reds show the flourishing result of high-altitude wines in this desert climate, much like in Argentina. The drop in night temperatures allows the grapes to keep their freshness, producing juicy wines with soft, ripe tannins and Old World elegance. Both Malbec and Syrah are already favourites in London wine lists, and the more recent addition, Tannat, has proved to be a good companion to a British Sunday roast.
Intipalka’s new developments
From 2019, Luis Gomes, former Chief Winemaker for Bodegas Caro (Catena – Rothschild/Lafite), has taken on the challenge of leading the winemaking team of Viñas Queirolo. He seeks to further perfect the Intipalka wines based on the characteristics of specific terroirs, identifying different parcels to obtain the highest quality of each grape variety.
The focus of his work is also to improve the winemaking standards and processes in what is an already state-of-the-art winery, managing temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for fermentation and ageing wines in French and American oak barrels.
After almost 10 years from its launch, ‘Intipalka’ – which means ‘Valley of the Sun’ in Quechua, the Incas’ native language – has never shone so brightly. Are you thirsty yet?