Wines

We now bottle 17 wines each vintage– or about 7ooo cases a year.

the Parcels  (11 small vineyards bottled each on their own)

  • horizontal-77Each of these is produced from a small vineyard of between 3/4 of a hectare to about 2 1/2 hectares. Sauzal is perhaps the smallest with 185o bottles per vintage. Others are as many as 95oo bottles.

Single Ferment Series Wines

  • horizontal-paisSingle Ferment Series wines include fruit from more than one parcel or vineyard site and are (co-fermented) ¨in one single ferment ¨ Sometimes all the fruit does not enter the tank at same time and we simply stack on top of the fermenting tank when the next fruit is ripe — one single ferment one single wine, no tweaking.

the Fieldcraft Bottlings

  • horizontal-semillonThese are wines that simply put: usually don’t get made. They are tiny forgotten vineyards that defy the modern model of: necessary scale, practicality for harvest, proximity to transport, valid D.O. paperwork (Denomination of Origin)… and so forth. These vineyards have everything against them, but they are diamonds in the rough. We began with the Phoenix after the bushfires in 2o17 and are now producing three with the 2018 harvest.
  • 1  a Phoenix but with more Cariñena in the blend of principally Pais,
  • 2 a Semillon on skins painstakingly separated from the Sauvignon that had crept into the vineyard.

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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. Twenty years later our latest release of Old Vine Pale is Lot 103, that is to say the 103rd 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, 2017 Lot #9o and so on…

See below :

Pirque Vineyard
Valle Maipo
Cabernet Franc
2017 – Lot #90
(2016 – Lot #80,
2015 – Lot #70,  2014 – Lot #60,  2013 – Lot #50)

San Juan de Pirque Vineyard
Maipo Valley
Cabernet Sauvignan
2017 – Lot #91
(
2016 – Lot #81, 2015 – Lot #71,  2014 – Lot #61,  2013 – Lot #51)

Las Higueras Vineyard
Valle Maule
Cabernet Franc
2017 – Lot #92
(2016 – Lot #82,
2015 – Lot #72,  2014 – Lot #62,  2013 – Lot #52)

Old Vine Pale
Truquilemu Vineyard
Empedrado – Maule Valley
Cariñena Mataró Field-blend
2020 – Lot #103
(2019 – Lot #93, 2018 – Lot #83, 2017 – Lot #73,
2016 – Lot #63,  2015 – Lot #53)

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

Sauzal Vineyard
Carignan, Garnacha, Mataró Field Blend
Empedrado –  Maule Valley
2018 – Lot #95
(2017 – Lot #85, 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
2018 – Lot #97
(2017 – Lot #87, 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
2018

2017, 2016 2015,  2014,  2013,  2012,  2011,  2010,

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Frequently asked questions 


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 / 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 fifteen years now.

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.

 

We export most of our production to 16 countries around the world and distribute in Chile directly with help from Alan Grundsky & Ricardo Grellet.

Nota sobre compra en Chile :

Garage Wine Co. elabora poco vino y la mayoria de las botellas se va por afuera pedido con anticipación y con allocation. En 2016 empezamos a distrubuir en Chile directo con algo de ayuda de Alan Grundsky y Ricardo Grellet. Eso dicho si nos contacta directo si vendemos directo por caja de 6 como minimo especialmente durante las epocas del año cuando estamos embotellando — para levantar fondos para botellas y corchos!

 
 

Garage Wine Co.  in other people’s words

Wine Advocate Robert Parker ,#222  Dec 2015

I sat down to taste through an exciting collection of wines with Derek Mossman. Garage Wine Co produces wines from Maipo and Maule, and their trademark is wines with great freshness and acidity from some seven vineyards they work. 42,000 bottles per year of highly personal and full of character wines. I later met with Mossman again to walk some of the vineyards for where he sources grapes for some of his Maule cuvées and the work he’s doing there to support the local ‘huasos’ and their vineyards is remarkable. The common thing that I’ve seen between Mossman, Cancino, Luyt, Parra working in the south is respect — for the people, the traditions and the places. These are wines of respect. An exciting project to keep in mind.

Wine Advocate Robert Parker ,#230  Apr 2017

The wines from garage Wine Co. are divided into two simple categories: One Winter Wines — aged for one winter before bottling and Two Winter Wines– aged for two winters before bottling! The former are simple, fresh and quaffable wines with good acidity; the latter have more depth but always keeping the freshness and especially the character of the vintage, the grapes and the places where they are grown. A name to follow, among the most exciting in Chile. Tasting the whole range with Derek Mossman is one of the highlights of my Chilean report every year. Fun and exciting wines.

Descorchados nota sobre GWCo.

La primera cosecha sumó apenas dos barricas y la bebieron entre los amigos, algunos de ellos incluso compraron parte de esa producción. Hoy hacen unas 45 mil botellas de once vinos distintos, cada uno de parcelas definidas. De hecho, Mossman define Garage Wine Co. como una gestión que, desde su génesis, tuvo su foco en parcelas más que en cepas. “La gracia siempre fue separar las cosas y comparar. De ahí vienen los Lot” –dice Mossman. La filosofía de vinificación es simple. Más que vinos naturales, Mossman define a los suyos como “originarios”, inspirados en la sabiduría campesina, pero con aportes de conocimientos modernos de enología. El origen de sus parcelas o “Lot” comienza en Alto Maipo, pero después extendieron su interés a otras zonas, especialmente en el Maule, que es de donde viene gran parte de su catálogo. 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.

Wine Advocate Robert Parker, Best of 2017 – 14 Dec 2017 Luis Gutiérrez

Traveling south in Chile, I loved the wines produced with dry-farmed Cariñena and País from the day I discovered them. They are not your stereotype of Carménère or Cabernet Sauvignon that many might have in mind. One wine that stands out among those was the 2014 Truquilemu Vineyard produced by Garage Wine Co., the project belonging to Derek Mossman Knapp, Pilar Miranda and Alvaro Peña in the Secano Interior part of Maule, close to Empedrado. It’s one of nine single vineyard bottlings they produce, from an old plot belonging to the Orellana family. Truquilemu is perhaps the freshest corner of the Maule Secano, where reds just manage to ripen on the coastal mountain range that is much older than the Andes. Soils are granitic and sub-soils have cracked granite that allows roots to get deep into cracks. They use ancestral farming methods, cultivating vineyards by hand and horse. It’s mostly Cariñena and a little Monastrell (or Mataró) produced in a very simple way, fermented with natural yeasts and aged in used barrels over two winters. It has incredible freshness with notes of blood orange peel and wild herbs—floral, suggestive, harmonious and elegant. The palate is elegant—an elegant rusticity, I used to say—and shows vibrant acidity, it’s very balanced and incredibly tasty. They also selected a number of barrels from this same vineyard to make their Vigno bottling.

 

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