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Lot # 48 Portezuelo Vineyard Carignan Field-blend 2013.

Old-Vine Dry-Farmed Carignan

GWCo.

Final-carignan-portezueloLot # 48
Portezuelo Vineyard
D.O. Maule Valley
Carignan, Field-blend
2013  

Acidez titulable: 5,78 g/l
pH: 3,43
Residual Sugar: 1,2 g/l
Alcohol:  13,7 % vol

Blend:
Carignan – 10 barrels
Cinsault  – 1 barrel

3164 bottles made

This wine was grown by a small farmer in Itata. It was farmed by hand and horse with traditional methods of dry-farming old vines with vines of Cinsault in the field-blend.

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 two or more uses.

This wine is a tribute to the resilience of the ploughmen farmers of the Secano Interior who have been stewards of the vines since colonial times. Portezuelo was the site of the first winery in Chile. The 48th wine we have produced since 2001 it is thus labelled Lot # 48.

T a l k i n g  P o i n t s

  • Singular wine made from a small parcel with ancestral farming by hand and horse of the Secano Costero
  • 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)
  • Cinsault is an age-old variety in Itata referred to as El Rendedor

T a s t i n g   N o t e s

The nose shows some wild herbs, flowers, spices and something earthy. There is less acidity in this wine from Itata than in most of the other examples from Maule; the wine feels fleshy and juicy, with very fine tannins and some grip.” — Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 222

Lots of blackberry, wet earth and old vine bark. Full body, plenty of dark fruit, plus black pepper and cloves. Savory and rich. Delicious wine. Needs a year of bottle age but already excellent. ”  — James Suckling

C r i t i c s    N o t e s

James Suckling .com 2015

GARAGE WINE Co. LOT #48 –  PORTEZUELO VINEYARD CARIGNAN

Lots of blackberry, wet earth and old vine bark. Full body, plenty of dark fruit, plus black pepper and cloves. Savory and rich. Delicious wine. Needs a year of bottle age but already excellent.   93 pts James Suckling

Wine Advocate – Robert Parker , #222  Dec 2015

The 2013 Portezuelo Vineyard Lot #48, as most of the Garage wines from the south, is a Cariñena field blend with some Cinsault. The nose shows some wild herbs, flowers, spices and something earthy. There is less acidity in this wine from Itata than in most of the other examples from Maule; the wine feels fleshy and juicy, with very fine tannins and some grip. More accessible for those that might not want citric acidity in their reds. This is the first Garage Wine release from Itata. Some 3,700 bottles produced.  92 pts Drink 2015 – 2021

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 # 48 SAUZAL VINEYARD
Carignan Cinsualt Field-Blend 2013
Rico en sabores ácidos, este es vibrante y firme. El vino que uno necesita para comer comida campesina, llena de charcutería.  91 pts Patricio Tapia

Descorchados nota sobre GWCo.

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. 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 #45 –  SAUZAL VINEYARD CARIGNAN

Soft and velvety with hints of dark fruits and spices. Some walnut. Medium to full body, round tannins and a savory finish. Funky old vine wine.   91 pts James Suckling

Previous Vintages – GWCo Carignans the Secano Interior

Wine Advcate – Robert Parker , #213  Jun 2014

The 2011 Lot #34 Carignan from the Maule Valley is produced from the fruit of dry-farmed, head-pruned old vines. It is bright ruby-colored with a serious nose mixing tree bark aromas, red and black fruit, licorice and subtle spices. The Carignan is blended with some Grenache and Mataró. The palate is fluid with good acidity and medium body – pure, fresh, delicious Mediterranean wine. This is a great, elegant blend. 93 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. 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.

Guia Descorchados – Patricio Tapia – GWCo Lot # 34 Carignan – 2011                  
93 Pts Ranking Best of Maule, Ranking Best of Variety Carignan

JancisRobinson.com Garage Wine Co, Lot # 34, 2011 Maule 16.5
Juicy, exuberant red fruit. Quality oak, though it is quite prominent at this early stage, and fresh, attractive acidity. Tender and well crafted. (RH) 14.1% Drink 2014-2019

GWCo Lot # 27 Carignan – 2010
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
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

Provenance

  • Bottles filled 11 barrels
  • Released: June 18, 2015
  • Tags 2013, Carignan

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Responses (2)

  1. Jennie lucas
    May 21, 2017 at 10:19 am · Reply

    Please can you advise how I can buy a case of lot 48. Many thanks.

    • admin
      May 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm · Reply

      Where in the world world are you?

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