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Lot # 47 Truquilemu Vineyard Carignan Field-blend 2013.

Old-Vine Dry-Farmed Carignan

GWCo.

Final-carignan-field-blend-TruquilemuLot # 47
Truquilemu Vineyard
D.O. Maule Valley
Carignan Mataró
2013  

Acidez titulable: 6,75 g/l
pH: 3,31
Residual Sugar: 1,99 g/l
Alcohol:  13,9 % vol

Blend:
Carignan – 16 barrels
Mataró  – 1 barrel

6192 bottles made

This wine was grown by a small farmer in the Maule. It was farmed by hand and horse with traditional methods of dry-farming 70+ year old vines with vines.

It was fermented naturally in small tanks with open-tops. Caps were punched down by hand and pressing was strictly manual. The wine was aged in barrels over two winters— barrels of three or more uses.

This wine is a tribute to the resilience of the ploughmen farmers of the Maule who have been stewards of the vines  since colonial times. The 47th wine we have produced since 2001 it is thus labelled Lot # 47

T a l k i n g  P o i n t s

  • Part of the the Coastal Range of mountains (much older and slower to cool than the Andes) thus sub-soils have cracked granite beneath that allow roots to get deep into cracks)
  • Truquilemu is perhaps the freshest corner of The Maule where reds ripen
  • Singular wine made from a small parcel with ancestral farming by hand and horse
  • Naturally fermented with native yeasts in open top fermenters using punch-down
  • Barrel-aged two winters in French Barrels (various cooperages, 2 + uses–  no new wood)

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T a s t i n g   N o t e s

“The nose is floral, elegant and subtle, a little closed at first, becoming deeper and more nuanced with time in the glass. The palate shows great freshness with a thread of fine acidity going through its backbone. It has character, notes of the earth and also those violets only the best Cariñena can provide. Plain great, with a long life ahead.
— Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 222

“This is superb carignan-based red with earth, smoked meat and old vine aromas and flavors. Full body, round and juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Soulful.”
— James Suckling

C r i t i c s    N o t e s

Wine Advocate – Robert Parker , #222  Dec 2015
There were 19 barrels of the 2013 Truquilemu Vineyard Lot #47, which is from the Empedrado zone in the Maule Valley. This is closer to the coast full of granitic soils with some layered parts, kind of schists, which allow the roots to go deep. The nose is floral, elegant and subtle, a little closed at first, becoming deeper and more nuanced with time in the glass. The palate shows great, citric freshness with a thread of fine acidity going through its backbone. This is mostly Cariñena mixed in the field with other varieties picked and fermented together, but the Cariñena represents more than 85% of the blend in the wine. It has character, notes of the earth and also those violets only the best Cariñena can provide. Plain great, with a long life ahead. I had the chance to visit the vineyard later on and it’s one of those places that when you see them, you understand IT HAS to produce great wine. And in a fresh vintage like 2013, it certainly does. Some 6,800 bottles were produced.  94 pts Drink 2015 – 2023

Wine Advocate note about Garage Wine Co.
I sat down to taste through an exciting collection of wines with Derek Mossman. Garage Wine Co produces wines from Maipo and Maule, and their trademark is wines with great freshness and acidity from some seven vineyards they work. 42,000 bottles per year of highly personal and full of character wines. I later met with Mossman again to walk some of the vineyards for where he sources grapes for some of his Maule cuvées and the work he’s doing there to support the local ‘huasos’ and their vineyards is remarkable. The common thing that I’ve seen between Mossman, Cancino, Luyt, Parra and the other guys working in the south is respect — for the people, the traditions and the places. These are wines of respect. An exciting project to keep in mind.

Descorchados 2016 Patricio Tapia

LOT # 47 TRUQUILEMU VINEYARD
Carignan 2013
Cien por cien carignan, este es un vino vivo, lleno de frutas rojas, tenso, salvaje en textura. Necesita el asado, ojalá vivo. 93 pts Patricio Tapia

Descorchados nota sobre GWCo. Y Truquilemu

La primera cosecha sumó apenas dos barricas y la bebieron entre los amigos, algunos de ellos incluso compraron parte de esa producción. Hoy hacen unas 45 mil botellas de once vinos distintos, cada uno de parcelas definidas. De hecho, Mossman define Garage Wine Co. como una gestión que, desde su génesis, tuvo su foco en parcelas más que en cepas. “La gracia siempre fue separar las cosas y comparar. De ahí vienen los Lot” –dice Mossman. La filosofía de vinificación es simple. Más que vinos naturales, Mossman define a los suyos como “originarios”, inspirados en la sabiduría campesina, pero con aportes de conocimientos modernos de enología. El origen de sus parcelas o “Lot” comienza en Alto Maipo, pero después extendieron su interés a otras zonas, especialmente en el Maule, que es de donde viene gran parte de su catálogo.

Precisamente en viñedos del secano del Maule se origina Lot # 47 Truquilemu Vineyard 2013. Se trata de un carignan de viejas parras en una zona muy cercana a la costa, sobre suelos graníticos. Esta es la tercera versión de este vino, con una producción de 6.129 botellas, es la más grande que Garage hace para su catálogo. Este Lot se siente vivo, rico en frutas rojas y notas florales, recio en textura, ideal para embutidos del Maule. Otro de sus carignan es Vigno (parte del grupo Vignadores de Carignan) que viene de Empedra- do, una de las zonas más frescas del secano costero del Maule. También se trata de parras muy viejas, sin irrigación artificial. Este vino, como todos los tintos de Garage en la línea Lot y en Vigno, se cría por “dos inviernos” en barricas, las más nuevas de tres años de uso. Se trata de carignanes de viejas parras en una zona muy cercana a la costa, sobre suelos graníticos. Este vino, como todos los tintos de Garage en la línea Lot y en Vigno, se cría por “dos inviernos” en barricas, las más nuevas de tres años de uso. “Cuando vas a comprar vinos por la zona, los viejos te dicen que el vino que lleva dos inviernos de crianza es el mejor” –dice Mossman. El resultado es el tinto clásico que se necesita para refrescar una tarde de asado con los amigos. Su acidez es intensa, pero también su lado terroso y su textura punzante.

James Suckling .com 2015

GARAGE WINE Co. LOT #47 –  TRUQUILEMU VINEYARD CARIGNAN

This is superb carignan-based red with earth, smoked meat and old vine aromas and flavors. Full body, round and juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Soulful. Drink now.  94 pts James Suckling

Previous Vintages — same single vineyard parcel

Wine Advocate – Robert Parker , #222  Dec 2015

The 2012 Lot #39 Carignan Garnacha Mataró Field Blend is from the Truquilemu Vineyard in Empedrado, in the Maule Valley, a zone closer to the coast. This is the older sibling of Lot #47 from 2013, and feels riper, headier, with notes of plums among those decayed violets, earth and tree bark, rustically elegant. The palate is medium-bodied with the signature high acidity of the Cariñena; all these wines have unbelievably low pH, but here the soils and proximity to the sea makes them higher in freshness and acidity. 3,500 bottles produced.  92 pts Drink now-2019

Wine Advocate note about Garage Wine Co.
The Garage Wine Co. literally began in Derek Mossman’s garage with just eight barrels and is his project together with his wife Pilar Miranda and a friend, Doctor Alvaro Pena. Mossman, a native Canadian, is one of the founding members of MOVI, the association of independent winegrowers. They source Cabernet from Maipo and Carignan from Maule. One of the most impressive new names in Chile. I tasted their wines on different occasions, which meant I did not manage to get a good overview of all of them together, so my notes might seem a bit erratic, but such were the circumstances. I should make sure to sit down and taste and discuss the whole line-up with Mossman next time ‘round, as I found the wines intellectually enriching and want to understand them better.

Older Vintages of GWCo Carignans from Maule

GWCo Lot # 27 Carignan – 2010  – Same Sauzal Vineyard 
The 2010 Carignan (91%) – Grenache (9%) sports an intriguing nose of exotic spices, black plum, black cherry, underbrush, and earthy minerals. This is followed by a plush, succulent, pleasure-bent wine that is more structured than its peers. Give it 5-6 years to reveal its full potential and drink it from 2016 to 2025 92 pts Parker

The 2008 Lot #17 Old Vine Carignan – Same Sauzal Vineyard
Field Blend includes unknown amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec sourced from a 65-year-old parcel and aged in neutral oak. Purple in color with a captivating nose of exotic spices, incense, wild berries, and floral notes, in the glass it opens to reveal a complex, rich, layered wine packed into a medium- bodied frame. Give it 5-6 years to reveal its full potential and drink it from 2016 to 2023. 92 pts Parker

GWCo Lot # 17 Carignan Old-bush vines vintage – 2008

This Carignan-based blend is savoury and slightly funky with complex notes of clove spice, red fruits and balsamic vinegar. Yet another great wine from Maule. Tim Atkin UK  – 91 points

GWCo Lot # 17 Carignan Old-bush vines vintage – 2008

Bright ruby. Intense, spice-accented aromas of cherry, redcurrant and violet, with smoke and mineral topnotes. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering energetic red fruit flavors that take on weight with air. Finishes smoky, spicy and very long, with slow-building tannins and resonating florality. 91 Josh Raynolds – Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar

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Provenance

  • Bottles filled 18 barrels
  • Released: July 18, 2015
  • Tags 2013, Carignan

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