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Truquilemu Vineyard 2018
Maule Valley
Cariñena Fieldblend
2018 Lot # 97
case of 6 bottles

$90,000

 

  • 1 of 11 wines we make from single parcels
  • Grower / partner Orellana family
  • Ancestral farming cultivating vineyard by hand and horse
  • Truquilemu is perhaps the freshest corner of The Maule secano where reds just manage to ripen.
  • Truquilemu Vineyard is found on the Coastal Range of mountains (much older and slower to cool than the Andes) Soils are granitic and sub-soils have cracked granite that allow roots to get deep into cracks.

“Understated and layered– driven by florality & finesse…    … soulful”  

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Truquilemu Vineyard
D.O Empedrado – Maule Valley
Cariñena Field – blend
2018
              Lot #97

 

  • Alcohol: 13 % vol
  • pH: 3,23
  • Acidity: 7,01 g/l
  • Residual sugar: 2,24 g/l

 

  • 6 732 bottles filled
  • 23 barrels

 

In a nutshell how is 2o18 different?

– Over 12 harvests in Truqui two distinct personalities emerged: now 2 wines
– Our Truquilemu V. is now fermented with more whole clusters
– and Syrah in the blend lends helps round things out and lends texture
– Treating two pieces of the vineyard differently has highlighted 2 distinct personalities
– Truquilemu V. has become more ethereal for the separation.

Bottom line

– 2018 [ an extraordinary vintage] has less alcohol, more flavour, and most of all greater depth with more layering [capas] that open with time in the glass.

 

What you need to know

 

The Vineyard & Farming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– On Coastal Range of mountains (much older than Andes and slower to cool) full of crystals and decomposed granite
– Cuarcic silty sandy granitic soils / subsoils
– Combination of original methods of cultivating the old vines ie. Farmed by hand and horse, accompanied by the lens, analysis and scientific ideas of Prof Alvaro Peña [Garage partner] and in-house PhD in Viticulture.
– Uncertified organic
– Pruned with the moon cycles, but not to a modern bio-dynamic calendar, but rather with local custom.
– Precise focus on small pieces of the vineyard fermented separately in lagars fermenters with open-top 15oo-25oo kgs using punch down
– Farming honed over 12 years growing fruit in Truqui and almost 20 yrs reviving old vines with small farmers
Winemaking:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Naturally fermented with native yeasts

– Conical shaped lagar fermenters

– Caps punched down by hand (lightly)

– Whole bunches layered in fermenter

– Co-fermented Cariñena & Syrah  (aprox 4%)

* 1st addition of sulfites only after malolactic that finished a full 10 months after harvest with next summer´s heat in February.

 

– the small pieces of the vineyard fermented separately are maintained separate with individual barrel racking. Thus, permutations in soil, fermentation, and winemaking are compared and contrasted over almost two years of elevage before bottling.

 

Note: due to the pH of this wine malolactic normally finishes during the following summer ie the first so2 addition is 10 months after picking.

Elevage:

 

 

 

 

Aged in barrels over two winters— barrels third use or more.

Various cooperages (Sylvain, Berger, Nadalie – Alliers Noisette toast, and some Burgundy barrels)

 

Appellation:

 

D.O Empedrado – Maule Valley
Varietal:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

– Naturally fermented with native yeasts

– Conical shaped lagar fermenters

– Caps punched down by hand (lightly)

– Whole bunch and lignified stems re-introduced after crush to avoid carbonic maceration

– Co-fermented Cariñena & Syrah in the field-blend

* 1st addition of sulfites only after malolactic that finished a full 11 months after harvest with next summer´s heat in February.

 

– the small pieces of the vineyard fermented separately are maintained separate with individual barrel racking. Thus, permutations in soil, fermentation, and winemaking are compared and contrasted over almost two years of elevage before bottling.

 

Note: due to the pH of this wine malolactic normally finishes during the following summer ie the first so2 addition is 10-11 months after picking.

Color: More sexy than ever
Personality: Understated and layered– driven by florality & finesse
How many lots? Just one each year
Previous Bottlings Truquilemu Vineyard Lot 77 – 2016 (sold out)

Truquilemu Vineyard Lot 67 – 2015

Truquilemu Vineyard Lot 57 – 2014

Truquilemu Vineyard Lot 47 – 2013

 

Ageability 2018 vintage will age 5-10 years effortlessly, but this wine [more than the Cru] is becoming more drinkable younger

 

Perspective: 2011 is drinking well and definitely holds a few more years before it will peak!

 

Best drinking House: 2021 – 2035
TA: 2021 – 2030

The Vintage

Maule in 2018 was superb. E for extraordinary.

What began with worries about the lack of rainfall turned into a terrific quality fruit. Specific improvements with control of mildew on the Carignan (Oidio) made for improvements which offset less rain falling which should have led to lower yields in the secano. If one manages parcel by parcel, cultivating the soil properly, the rains of any given year do not have the heightened pendulum effect many assume the old vines acting as shock absorbers.

 

House note

The nose is floral, elegant and more subtle than previous years, becoming deeper and more nuanced with time in the glass. The palate shows great freshness with a thread of fine acidity going through its backbone. Spice and mineral-accented aromas of red and blue fruit joined by slowly emerging violet and murtilla notes. Sappy and concentrated but lithe, with energetic black raspberry and floral pastille flavours on the mid-palette and a bracing suggestion of blood orange that adds bite to the back half. Long, long life ahead.”

 

“It has abundant, fine-grained and chalky tannins and is nicely textured Characterful, floral, subtle and really elegant… … the tannins are very fine grained…– LG

 

C r i t i c s  N o t e s

 

Descorchados – Patricio Tapia

Truquilemu V. DO Empedrado Maule Cariñena field-blend 2018 – Lot # 97  95 Pts

Lot 97 is basically a Cariñena with a barrel of Monastrell, all from vines planted in the Truquilemu area, in the Empedrado D.O., near the Maule coast. The cold influence of the sea has a great presence here, further marking its already firm acidity, but most of all, accentuating the red and refreshing side of the fruity flavors. It’s nervy and crisp, with firm fruit derived tannins and a lengthy herbal finish, which further accentuates that freshness. It’s deli- cious today and perfect with sausages, but there’s no doubt that it has a great future ahead, and the question becomes, “what will this wine be like in 10 years?” It has tannins, acidity, and fruity flavors to spare for a positive response.

 

 

Tim Atkin MW

Truquilemu V. DO Empedrado Maule Cariñena field-blend 2018 – Lot # 97  95 Pts

(12.9%) Including 5% Syrah for the first time, this Carignan-based red come from two growers in Empedrado, the coolest part of the Maule Valley. Made with a layer cake of fruit and stems, it’s a wonderfully, refreshing, intense wine with chiselled, almost briney acidity, lots of grip and intensity, even at this low alcohol level, negligible oak and vibrant plum, red cherry and damson fruit. Long, nuanced and refreshing. 2023-30

 

 

 

James Suckling
Truquilemu V. DO Empedrado Maule Cariñena field-blend 2018 – Lot # 97  94 Pts
A medium-bodied red with polished aromas of blackberries, black plums, dried violets, cedar and slate. Silky, sleek and succulent with firm, fine-grained tannins. Lovely purity of fruit and transparency. Bright streak of acidity throughout. Carignan with some syrah and mataró. Drink or hold.

Vinous – Joaquin Hidalgo
Truquilemu V. DO Empedrado Maule Cariñena field-blend 2018 – Lot # 97  94 Pts
The 2018 Cariñena Truquilemu Vinveyard Lot 97 has a 4% dash of Syrah from Empedrado, Maule, and spent a few winters in barrel. Dense, vivid purple in color. The nose offers sweet and sour cherry, plum and liqueur along with hints of licorice and saffron. Pulls off a rare combination of acidity and ripeness, the meaty but compact flow displaying excellent tension and long-lasting flavor. A lovely wine.

 

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 247
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2017 – Lot # 87  96 Pts
The Cariñena/Carignan from Truquilemu is always more aromatic, and the 2017 Truquilemu Vineyard shows it. It is floral and expressive, but it also has a meaty touch and an iron-like twist. It has abundant, fine-grained and chalky tannins and is nicely textured. This comes from the vines from the Orellana family, from perhaps the freshest corner of the Maule Secano on the Coastal Range of mountains (much older and slower to cool than the Andes) where soils are granitic and subsoils have cracked granite that allow roots to get deep into cracks. The freshness here clearly transcends the warm and dry conditions of a very challenging year marked by crazy bushfires that burned the surroundings of many of their vineyards. The old vineyards always have some other varieties, and in this case, the Cariñena is complemented by small amounts of Mataró (Monastrell) and País. The wine has very healthy parameters, and I guess it’s going to develop nicely in bottle. 3,000 bottles were filled in January 2019 after the wine spent two winters in barrel.

 

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 239
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2016 – Lot # 77  97 Pts
The really grand and elegant 2016 Truquilemu Vineyard starts off quite shy and takes some time to open up in the glass. They used a little more stems for the fermentation (stems are added rather than using the full clusters), as they don’t like carbonic maceration. This is characterful, floral, subtle and really elegant while keeping the varietal profile. The tannins are very fine grained, and the palate feels really balanced. This has to be the stuff wine dreams are made of!

 

Descorchados – Patricio Tapia
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2016 – Lot # 77  94 Pts
El blend de este año de este carignan incluye también una barrica (de 12 en total) de monastrell, todo de viñedos en la zona costera de Truquilemu. Con crianza de dos inviernos, o dos temporadas en barricas, aquí la fruta es lo que manda. Es tensa, vibrante, rica en acidez y mucha fuerza en frutas rojas, radiantes en frescor. Para guardar por, al menos, cinco años.

 

James Suckling
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2016 – Lot # 77  93 Pts
This is very intense on the nose with dark plums, eucalyptus, acacia, bark and dark chocolate. Full-bodied on the nose with layer upon layer of sappy fruit, juicy but structured tannins and a fruit-forward finish. A big wine that makes a bold statement, but makes it well. Drink now.

Descorchados – Patricio Tapia
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2015 – Lot # 67  95 Pts
Este es un bruto, al menos al comienzo. Pero pónganle atención. Una mezcla de carignan (22 barricas de 225 litros) más una de monastrell o mataró, aquí hay una pared de taninos, una pared enorme, gruesa, impenetrable. Pero ojo, que una vez que pasan esa pared, el regalo es una cascada de frutas rojas, intensas, nerviosas, deliciosas en su frescor. Es otra cara, una cara opuesta que se encuentra oculta tras esa pared. Este vino viene de un solo viñedo de carignan y de monastrell injertado sobre cepa país, en la zona de Truquilemu, mirando a la Cordillera de la Costa.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 239
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2015 – Lot # 67  94 Pts
The 2015 Truquilemu Vineyard reveals the wild and somewhat rustic character of the Carignan—a little earthy, with a touch of smoked meat. It’s very tasty and has the granite texture on the palate. This year they started using some stems in the vinification, an innovation that continued in 2016. 5,230 bottles were filled in November 2016, as they always like to age their single-vineyard reds for two winters before they are bottled. Drink 2018-2025 Luis Gutierrez

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 23o
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2014 – Lot # 57  95 Pts
The Carignan with smidgens of Mataró and País in the field blend bottled as 2014 Truquilemu Vineyard comes from an old dry-farmed vineyard belonging to the Orellana family in the cooler Empedrado zone in Maule. Mossman describes this as “Understated and layered—driven by florality & finesse.” The wines never have any impact from the élevage and tend to have moderate alcohol and very good acidity and freshness. This is no exception. It has incredible freshness with notes of blood orange peel and wild herbs—floral, insinuating, harmonious and elegant. The palate is elegant and shows vibrant acidity, is super balanced and incredibly tasty. This is very much like the Vigno. 6,428 bottles were filled from 21 barrels of Cariñena and one of Mataró (Monastrell) in November 2015. In fact, they select a number of these barrels to make their Vigno bottling. Drink 2017-2025 Luis Gutierrez

Descorchados – Patricio Tapia
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2014 – Lot # 57  95 Pts
Los aromas son frescos, de bayas rojas y negras. La boca es vo- luptuosa, amable, luego jugosa y con un agarre sutil.

James Suckling
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2014 – Lot # 57  94 Pts
A tangy red with earth, spice and dried fruit follows through to a medium body and firm tannins and fresh finish. Lovely decadence. Drink now

James Suckling
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2013 – Lot # 47  94 Pts
This is superb carignan-based red with earth, smoked meat and old vine aromas and flavors. Full body, round and juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Soulful. Drink now.

Wine Advocate – Robert Parker #222
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2013 – Lot # 47  94 Pts
There were 19 barrels of the 2013 Truquilemu Vineyard Lot #47, which is from the Empedrado zone in the Maule Valley. This is closer to the coast full of granitic soils with some layered parts, kind of schists, which allow the roots to go deep. The nose is floral, elegant and subtle, a little closed at first, becoming deeper and more nuanced with time in the glass. The palate shows great, citric freshness with a thread of fine acidity going through its backbone. This is mostly Cariñena mixed in the field with other varieties picked and fermented together, but the Cariñena represents more than 85% of the blend in the wine. It has character, notes of the earth and also those violets only the best Cariñena can provide. Plain great, with a long life ahead. I had the chance to visit the vineyard later on and it’s one of those places that when you see them, you understand IT HAS to produce great wine. And in a fresh vintage like 2013, it certainly does. Some 6,800 bottles were produced. Drink 2015 – 2023 Luis Gutierrez

Vinous – Antonio Galloni
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2013 – Lot # 47  93 Pts
(aged in used French oak barrels for two years; pH 3.31) Full ruby. Spice- and mineral-accented aromas of red and blue fruit liqueur, incense and cola are joined by slowly emerging violet and rhubarb notes. Sappy and concentrated but lithe as well, offering energetic black raspberry, spicecake and floral pastille flavors and a bracing, refreshingly bitter suggestion of blood orange that adds bite to the back half. Finishes smooth, sweet and extremely long, with resonating floral and spice notes and supple tannins adding shape and gentle grip. Drink 2018 – 2023 Josh Raynolds

Tim Atkin MW
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2013 – Lot # 47  93 Pts
Mataro is the other, much smaller component in this Carignan-dominated blend from Maule. Briary, spicy and refreshing, it has aromas of violet and iodine, a hint of green malt, brine, peppery, plummy flavours and a stylish, savoury finish. 2017-23

Descorchados – Patricio Tapia
Truquilemu Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2013 – Lot # 47  93 Pts
Cien por cien carignan, este es un vino vivo, lleno de frutas rojas, tenso, salvaje en textura. Necesita el asado, ojalá vivo.  Patricio Tapia

 

Descorchados

Precisamente en viñedos del secano del Maule se origina Lot # 47 Truquilemu Vineyard 2013. Se trata de un carignan de viejas parras en una zona muy cercana a la costa, sobre suelos graníticos. Esta es la tercera versión de este vino, con una producción de 6.129 botellas, es la más grande que Garage hace para su catálogo. Este Lot se siente vivo, rico en frutas rojas y notas florales, recio en textura, ideal para embutidos del Maule. Otro de sus carignan es Vigno (parte del grupo Vignadores de Carignan) que viene de Empedra- do, una de las zonas más frescas del secano costero del Maule. También se trata de parras muy viejas, sin irrigación artificial. 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. 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.

 

Story of Truquilemu Vineyard:

It is hard to imagine someone having the patience to plant a red vineyard in this part of Empedrado so long ago. It is very cool here. It must have taken forever for these vineyards to have come into their own. Thank god someone had the foresight to be patient all those years ago whilst the vineyard could grow old. Today the florality and complexity, the balance that only an aged vine can bring combine to create rare grace. We make Cariñena in a half a dozen locations in the Secano Interior (the historic name for the dry-farmed interior of Maule & Itata) but ´Truqui´, as we call her, has been intriguing us with floral notes, the depth and plushness of its fruit, and the graceful way it ages for more than a decade now—and we are only just getting started.

Note: we have rented this vineyard long-term and we work it old-school, originario, by hand and horse with the same patience and care that many generations of curators have shown these vines over the years. Would such a vineyard be planted today? A vineyard that would take at least a decade of not 15 or 20 years to come into its own? If golf were invented today, how many holes would it have?

 

 

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Weight 8.5 kg
Dimensions 32.5 × 25 × 20.5 cm
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