the Parcels

Nivaldo Morales is or grower partner with the Sauzal Vineyard

What is a parcel?  When we began looking for fruit in the Maule we wanted to experiment. We began sourcing fruit from different small parcels generally from farmers who worked with a horse and plough. We made each wine separately to see how the soils and climates expressed themselves differently. They did– very differently, so we decided not to blend them and instead built our portfolio [and company] upon these parcels : Las Higueras, Bagual, Sauzal, Truquilemu, Portezuelo… Today we make wines from 11 different parcels some as small as 18oo +/- bottles and others as large as 75oo +/- per vintage. They range from about  .6 Hectare to 1.9 hectares.

 

What is a Lot? A lot is genuine Lot ie the bottling of the vintage of one particular parcel. Ej. Sauzal Vineyard, 2016 was Lot 75. We began bottling wine in 2001 and we have numbered each bottling since then with a lot number: Lot 1, Lot 2, Lot 3 and so on. Seventeen years later one of our latest releases is Sauzal Lot 75 — that is to say the 75th bottling we have done since we began in 2001. To make things simpler each parcel always ends in the same digit every year Sauzal always in a 5.

See below :

Pirque Vineyard
Valle Maipo
Cabernet Franc
2016 – Lot 80          (previous vintages : 2015 – Lot 70,  2014 – Lot 60,  2013 – Lot 50)

San Juan de Pirque Vineyard
Maipo Valley
Cabernet Sauvignan
2016 – Lot 81 .         (previous vintages : 2015 – Lot 71,  2014 – Lot 61,  2013 – Lot 51)

Las Higueras Vineyard
Valle Maule
Cabernet Franc
2016 – Lot 82 .           (previous vintages : 2015 – Lot 72,  2014 – Lot 62,  2013 – Lot 52)

Old Vine Pale
Truquilemu Vineyard
Empedrado – Maule Valley
Cariñena Mataró Field-blend
2017 – Lot 73            (previous vintages : 2016 – Lot 63,  2015 – Lot 53)

Renacido Vineyard
Maule Valley
Cabernet Sauvignan
2016 – Lot 74          (previous vintages : 2015 – Lot 64)

Sauzal Vineyard
Carignan, Garnacha, Mataró Field Blend
Empedrado –  Maule Valley
2016 – Lot 75            (previous vintages : 2015 – Lot 65,  2014 – Lot 55,  2013 – Lot 45)

Bagual Vineyard
Caliboro, Maule Valley
Carignan, Garnacha Mataro
2016 – Lot 76          (previous vintages : 2015 – Lot 66,  2014 – Lot 56,  2013 – Lot 46)

Truquilemu Vineyard
D.O. Maule Valley
Carignan Field-blend
2016 – Lot 77             (previous vintages : 2015 – Lot 67,  2014 – Lot 57,  2013 – Lot 47)

Portezuelo Vineyard
D.O. Maule Valley
Carignan, Field-blend
2015 – Lot 68 .         (previous vintages : 2014 – Lot 58,  2013 – Lot 48)

Bagual Vineyard
Caliboro, Maule Valley
Garnacha Field-blend
2016 – Lot 79          (previous vintages : 2015 – Lot 69,  2014 – Lot 59,  2013 – Lot 49)

Vigno
Dry-farmed Old Vines
D.O. Maule Valley 2016        (previous vintages : 2016,  2015,  2014,  2013,  2012,  2011,  2010,)

 

Why are the Parcel wines done with stencils / silk screening? (And why wax?)
When we began bottling wine in 2001 there was no digital printing and short runs of 500 labels were prohibitively expensive. So we learned to paint / silk-screen bottles. Luis our bottle painter has been with us for more than a decade.

When a capsule company insisted we buy “1o,ooo or nothing” we sought another solution. A small school supplies / crayon manufacturer had wax that served to seal and was food grade certified. As he had no minimum barrier to entry, and all the colours we might want!, we have never given up on him. Today many wineries buy his wax large, medium and small.

Why is the varietal on the third line down?
Each wine’s varieties are printed on the label, but further down because what is important for us is not the variety but the origin, that is to say, the place and parcel from where it comes.