Bagual Vineyard Garnacha Field-blend 2014 Lot # 59

Bagual Vineyard
Caliboro, Maule Valley
Garnacha Field-blend
2o14

                – Lot 59
7 Barrels Garnacha, 1 Barrel Syrah  
 Alcohol: 14,9 (real)
pH  3,08
Acidez:  6,38
Azúcar residual: 2,3
Takeaways

  • 1 of 11 wines we make from single parcels
  • Grower / partner Solar family
  • Alluvial like the Bagual Vineyard where the Carignan blend hails from but a separate parcel further from the banks of the Perquilauquen river. This vineyard has two deep esteros on each side that lends it terrific drainage.
  • Near the banks of the Perquilauquen river. A river that (very unusual for Chile!) flows from the Coastal Mountains East towards the Andes passing through Caliboro bringing granitic silt with it. East of Caliboro it turns North and then West joining the Loncomilla and then the Maule River and on out to the Pacific.
  • The Perquilauquen is wide through this section like a narrow lake and this water body lends the fruit cooler conditions than neighboring Melosal or Loncomilla.

“Singular Garnacha from small parcel of historic Caliboro farm”

(social entrepreneurship Ploughman Farmer post-earthquake)

Vintage 2014
– Spring very late to start and frost created havoc in various, hot Summer. Ploughing was done much later than usual. Tannins in 2o14 like Secano Maulino in general were a little bit firmer than normal especially the Garnacha. The Garnachas this harvest are dense and concentrated.
 
Wine-making:

  • Ancestral farming by hand and horse
  • Naturally fermented with native yeasts
  • Open top fermenters. Caps were punched down by hand. Pressing manual.
  • Aged in barrels over two winters— barrels third use or more.
  • Yeasts native (we add Bagual Garnacha wine from the previous vintage to a pie de cuba and then inoculate the can with its own native yeasts.)
  • No temp control (besides opening closing windows) open tank, no nada
  • Pinch of sulphites after Malolactic that normally finishes a full 6-7 months after harvest with next summer´s heat

T a s t i n g   N o t e
“Rich and layered red with plum and berries. Layered and juicy with lots of fruit and ripe tannins. Finishes sappy, smooth and extremely long, displaying harmonious tannins and lingering candied lavender”

Tim Atkin MW
Bagual Vineyard Garnacha Field Blend 2014 Lot #59 – 93 Pts

Descorchados 2017 Patricio Tapia
Bagual Vineyard Garnacha Field Blend 2014 Lot #59 – 93 Pts
Aromas salvajes, sabores rústicos, boca jugosa. Para acompañar con pernil de cochinillo. Y luego abrir otra botella.

James Suckling .com May 25th 2017
Bagual Vineyard Garnacha Field Blend 2014 Lot #59 – 93 Pts
This is a rich and layered red with plum and berry character. Layered and juicy with lots of fruit and ripe tannins. Flavorful finish. Drink now. 

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 23o
Bagual Vineyard Maule Valley Garnacha Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 59 – 92 Pts
The 2014 Bagual Vineyard Garnacha Field Blend uses fruit from Caliboro in Maule in partnership with the Solar family. The Carignan, Garnacha and Mataró field blend is near the banks of the Perquilauquen river, a river that, very unusual for Chile, flows from the Coastal Mountains east towards the Andes, passing through Caliboro, bringing granitic silt with it. East of Caliboro, it turns north and then west joining the Loncomilla and then the Maule River and on out to the Pacific. This is 14.9% alcohol with an incredible pH of 3.08 and 6.38 grams of acidity. As all the single vineyard bottlings, it matured in well-seasoned French oak barrels over two winters. It’s riper and headier, with a little more body from the Syrah. Very tasty and with a long, supple finish. None of these wines shows any oak whatsoever. 2,222 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2015.

Notes on Previous Vintages from this parcel

Vinous – Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017
Bagual Vineyard Maule Valley Garnacha Field-blend 2013  – Lot # 49 – 93 Pts
(Aged in neutral French oak barrels for two years; pH 3.27) Brilliant ruby-red. Potent, mineral-accented raspberry, cherry liqueur and potpourri aromas are complemented by a suave Asian spice note that builds in the glass. Seamless, penetrating and appealingly sweet, offering palate-staining red and blue fruit liqueur and floral pastille flavors and an exotic flourish of five-spice powder. Finishes sappy, smooth and extremely long, displaying harmonious tannins and a lingering suggestion of candied lavender Drink 2018 – 2023 Josh Raynolds

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 222
Bagual Vineyard Maule Valley Garnacha Field-blend 2013  – Lot # 49 – 91 Pts
The 2013 Lot #49 Bagual Vineyard Garnacha Field Blend is composed of 11 barrels of Garnacha and one of Syrah. The grapes are harvested from the Bagual Vineyard in Caliboro, in the Maule, where they regrafted some old plants to Garnacha’ in 2013 they bottled a varietal Garnacha for the first time. Spicy, floral and subtle, it has a dark ruby colour, darker than most Garnachas, a little earthy and organic. The palate is sinewy, with nice acidity and the fine tannins of the Garnacha, perfectly integrated oak and a very tasty finish. Some 2,800 bottles produced.
 
2222 bottles filled in Nov of 2015