the Parcels

We began making 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 our latest release from the Las Higueras Vineyard is Lot 82, that is to say the 82nd bottling since we began in 2001.

Our principal wines are yearly bottlings from 1o small parcels. Each parcel bottled ends in the same digit each year. Pirque for instance always ends in a zero: 2013 Lot #5o, 2014 Lot #6o, 2015 Lot #7o, 2016 Lot #8o and so on…

See below :

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

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

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

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

Renacido Vineyard
Maule Valley
Cabernet Sauvignan
2016 – Lot #74
(
2015 – Lot #64)

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

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

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

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

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

Vigno
Dry-farmed Old Vines
D.O. Maule Valley
2016,  2015,  2014,  2013,  2012,  2011,  2010,

 


Why is the varietal on the fourth 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. 

Labels
Why stencils and 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 bought 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 was there for us without a minimum and all the colours we wanted we have never given up on him. Today many buy his wax large medium and small.

Tom Sawyer clause : toward full disclosure we must point out that over the past few years, friends, family and students’ of Alvaro’s from the University of Chile have begun helping with some of the grunt work. In this way the pace, rhythm and treatment of the wines remains the same, and we receive a lot of apples.