Carignan Lot # 35 – 2011
The Maule – Sauzal (Nivaldo & Otelia)
This wine was grown by small farmers in the Maule, farmed by hand and horse with traditional methods of dry-farming 70+ year old vines with a few vines of Grenache in the field-blend. It was fermented naturally in open-top. Caps were punched down by hand and pressing was strictly manual. The wine was barrelled in neutral oak over two winters and then bottled in recycled bottles.
This wine is a tribute to the resilience of the ploughmen farmers of the Maule, its having been harvested on the heels of Chile’s 2010 earthquake. As this was the 35th wine we have produced since 2001 it is thus labelled Lot # 35
This wine was made with open-top fermenters. Caps were punched down by hand. Pressing was strictly manual. The wine was barrelled in neutral oak over two winters
Comments & Critics
Wine Advocate – Robert Parker 92 pts Lot # 35 Carignan has a phenomenal nose of wild herbs, balsam and flowers, reminiscent of a Barolo Chinato and a Mediterranean garden, with some rustic but pure, delineated aromas, superb acidity, polished tannins and a long aftertaste. Great Carignan! Drink 2014-2019.
“One of the most impressive new names in Chile.”- Luis Gutierrez
“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.” – Luis Gutierrez
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
Ageing potential 2013 – 2020
Pairing Recommendation Beef, Pork, Fowl—the acidity of this wine makes it sing with rich foods. Classic restaurant wine.
Titratable acidity (g/l) 4.44
Alcohol (% vol) 14
Residual sugar (g/l) 2,14
- Bottles filled 11 Carignan, 2 Grenache, 1 Cinsault (14 ttl)
- Released: May 22, 2014
- Tags 2011, Carignan