Puchang Beichun 2015
Region: Turpan Valley, Xinjiang
Grape Variety: 100% Beichun
Alcohol Percentage: 14%
Viticulture: Natural Wine | Certified Organic | Vegan Friendly
Climate: Turpan is sunny and dry all year-round with little rain of only 16-20mm per year. Average temperature is 14.4°C with extreme diurnal temperature variations. Growing season is around 270 days, 3000-3200 sunshine hours per year. The dramatic swing in temperature variation means that our grapes’ exposure to sunlight increases the ripening qualities while the sudden drop in temperature at night preserves the balance of natural acids in the grapes, resulting in more resilient and intense flavoured grapes with high acid and high sugar contents.
Terroir: Vineyards lie on a bed of alluvial soil of Gobi gravel, sand and silt. South-facing at 650m above sea level. Vines are 26 years old. Grapes are watered naturally with melting snow from Tian Shan Mountain. Untouched by men and free from pollution, it channels through the underground Karez water system to their vineyards, keeping the water source naturally pure.
Ageing: 15 days post- fermentation maceration. 50% of the wine is aged in 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrel; 50% in tank. Blended and filtered before bottling
Color: Deep ruby colour with a light purple hue
Nose: Attractive aroma dominated by red fruit, rose and followed by vanilla and cinnamon spice
Palate: Silky and consistent texture with notes of ripe red fruit, dried raspberry, and a touch of wolfberries. The finish is soft with well-balanced acidity. Ready to drink now to 15 years
About the Winery:
Very much an oasis in the middle of the desert, Puchang – located in Turpan Valley, China’s Xinjiang province – now comprises approximately 100 hectares of vineyards which produce up to 130,000 bottles each year. Puchang was first established in 1975. In 2008, Hong Kong businessman, Mr K.K. Cheung purchased the estate, giving it a new direction as one of the first organic wine producers in China.
Puchang focuses on organic viticulture and winemaking with unwavering dedication and care under quality management. It also works with distinctive local grapes to present the taste of Xinjiang terroir. Thanks to the extreme desert climate, this land is almost entirely free of pests. Puchang is certified by ECOCERT as being organically maintained, which is an indication of its fine standard at the international level.