San Juan de Pirque Vineyard
Maipo Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon
2013 – Lot 51

Mountain Grown

 “Herbal notes tea leaf and minerals graphite notes complement the dark berry fruit. Elegant, linear and lifted to the finish. ” – Peter Richards MW

 

12 Barrels Cab Sauv & 1 Barrel Cab Franc
3671 bottles filled Nov 2015

Acidity  (g/l) 5,54
pH 3,55
Residual Sugar (g / l) 1,64
Alcohol (% vol) 13.9

In a Nutshell:

  • Mountain Grown single vineyard parcel from San Juan de Pirque in Maipo Valley
  • traditional farming, native yeasts, low intervention
  • at 976 metres above the sea this vineyard an extreme example of Cab Sauv in Maipo Andes
  • barrel aged over two winters in French Barrels of various cooperages with two or more uses–  no new wood) 

The Vintage:

– A cooler cloudy Spring. Frost nearby did not affect San Juan as cold air sinks down the value—ironically the higher vineyards suffer less from frost. Tannins in high Maipo in 2o14 were softer and more accessible– plush.

The Vineyard:

Classic second terrace of the Maipo River like Puente Alto but much higher into the gorge of the Cajon de Maipo in San Juan de Pirque at 946 metres. Round stones in alluvial soils combined with altitude make for a fresh wine with restrained fine tannins. 

Winemaking:

  • Naturally fermented with native yeasts
  • Open top fermenters. Caps were punched down by hand.
  • Aged in barrels over two winters— barrels third use.
  • Yeasts native (we add wine from previous vintage to a pie de cuba)
  • No temp control (besides opening closing windows) open tank,
  • Pinch of sulfites after malolactic that finishes before winter begins.

Barrel Ageing:

  • Aged in barrels over two winters— barrels third use from cooperages Sylvain, Berger, Nadalie.

T a s t i n g   N o t e s

Fresco, vivo, lleno de frutas rojas, aromas terrosos, vivos y frescos. Un vino de tensión y frescor.” — Descorchados – Patricio Tapia


“Very pretty core of fruit here with blueberry, floral and stone character. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. ” 
— James Suckling

 

C r i t i c s   N o t e s

Tim Atkin MW
San Juan de Pique Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013  – Lot # 51 – 93 Pts
Garage is generally associated with the Secano Interior, but makes some of its best wines with Maipo grapes. This is a cuvée of Cabernet Sauvignon with 3% Cabernet Franc, grown at a comparatively elevated 942 metres, and it’s grassy, refreshing and refined with highly polished tannins. Drink 2018-25

Wine Enthusiast
San Juan de Pirque Vineyard Cab Sauvignon 2013  – Lot # 51 – 92 Pts
This small-lot Cab (350 cases) is classically Chilean at all check points. The nose is spicy and full of cassis and berry flavors along with tobacco, olive and mild eucalyptus notes. A bright, lively palate is bolstered by acidity, while plum and red-berry flavors are oaky, spicy and peppery, with a toasty, slightly rooty finish. Drink through 2020. Michael Schachner — (3/1/2015)

 

Descorchados 2016 Patricio Tapia
LOT # 51 San Juan de Pirque Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Fresco, vivo, lleno de frutas rojas, aromas terrosos, vivos y frescos. Un vino de tensión y frescor.  93 pts Patricio Tapia

 

Wine Advocate – Robert Parker , #222  Dec 2015
San Juan de Pirque Vineyard Cab Sauvignon 2013  – Lot # 51 – 92 Pts
The 2013 Lot #51 Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with a little Cabernet Franc (15 to 16 barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon and one of Cabernet Franc), and is sourced from the San Juan de Pirque Vineyard. Most of the wines ferment in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts (some small lots are done in plastic bins) and then age in used barrels. There is good herbal freshness, ripe berries, earth, iron and a touch of blood. The tannins are very fine and there is a nice thread of acidity, with good balance. This vineyard is the second terrace of the Maipo river, with the classical rolling stones of Puente Alto, at almost 1,000 meters altitude. The bottles now show a round stamp saying ‘Mountain Grown’. The 2009 tasted together with this shows classical notes of bottle evolution, layered with developed notes of cigar box, tobacco and graphite. Classical Chilean Cabernet. 5,000 bottles produced.  Drink 2015 – 2021 Luis Gutierrez

 Notes on Previous Vintages 

Decanter – Peter Richards, Oct 2015
Garage Wine Co. Lot # 37 2011 17,5 pts
Herbal notes tea leaf and minerals graphite notes complement the dark berry fruit. Elegant, linear and lifted to the finish. Drink 2015 – 2023 Alc 13,9%

James Suckling .com
GARAGE WINE CO CABERNET SAUVIGNON VALLE DE MAIPO LOT #44 
Very pretty core of fruit here with blueberry, floral and stone character. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Fresh and clean. Drink now. 92 pts James Suckling .com

 Wine Advocate – Robert Parker , #213  Jun 2014 91 pts
The 2012 Lot #44 Cabernet Sauvignon from Alto Maipo shows ripe aromas of wild berries, notes of tobacco leaf and some cracked peppercorns. The palate is medium-bodied with the signature fresh acidity I find as a constant in the Garage Wine Co. bottlings, and very fine, polished and refined tannins. This is serious, fresh Cabernet from Maipo. Around 4,000 bottles were produced. Drink now-2019

 

Descorchados 2014
San Juan de Pirque Vineyard Maipo Valley Cab Sauvignon 2011  – Lot # 37 – 92 Pts
De las 14 barricas que se produjeron de este vino dos de ellas son de Cabernet Franc y el resto es cab Sauvignon, todo viene de la zona más arriba de San Juan de Pirque. Fermentado con levaduras nativas y con cero madera nueva, esto es un vino que se siente puro y frutal, como un jugo de cerezas negras condimentado con hierba, una deliciosa sensación para un vino cristalino. Patricio Tapia

Steve Tanzer’s Int. Wine Cellar
San Juan de Pirque Vineyard Maipo Valley Cab Sauvignon 2011  – Lot # 37 – 92 Pts
Vivid ruby. Sexy, highly perfumed bouquet of fresh red berries, cherry pit, potpourri and mocha, with hints of black pepper and anise adding complexity. Spicy and expansive in the mouth, offering lively cherry and raspberry flavors and intense floral character. Silky tannins add grip and shape to the long, sappy finish. This wine received no new oak.  Josh Raynolds

Pictures taken over the past few years:

https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/gwcoharvest2018/

Yesterday we sat down to blend Maipo Cabs. 

Just like many sessions we have had over the years tasting barrel by barrel. 2018 is a crackerjack of a vintage to be sure. We were happy with the wines and like we do we pulled a couple of barrels back for our solera programme because we thought they spoke to loud instead of harmonising with the rest. As the session came to a close Alvaro asked what Lot number these wines would be? “Lot 100 & Lot 101” I said. 

There was a pause as we all realised it was a bit of a milestone.

It has been a long and winding road since 2003 when we began in the Garage. We owe a great deal of thanks to so many of you out there for putting up with us all these years. You allowed us to do what we do they way we like to do it through good times and bad—including an earthquake, bushfires, and this latest invisible mucker. 

These lots will not be on the shelf for a long time, but perhaps mentioning them here might give us all pause to think of sharing better times ahead when we can raise a centenary lot of GWCo! #gwcowinery #gwcoharvest2018 #movichile #chileanwines

Yesterday we sat down to blend Maipo Cabs.

Just like many sessions we have had over the years tasting barrel by barrel. 2018 is a crackerjack of a vintage to be sure. We were happy with the wines and like we do we pulled a couple of barrels back for our solera programme because we thought they spoke to loud instead of harmonising with the rest. As the session came to a close Alvaro asked what Lot number these wines would be? “Lot 100 & Lot 101” I said.

There was a pause as we all realised it was a bit of a milestone.

It has been a long and winding road since 2003 when we began in the Garage. We owe a great deal of thanks to so many of you out there for putting up with us all these years. You allowed us to do what we do they way we like to do it through good times and bad—including an earthquake, bushfires, and this latest invisible mucker.

These lots will not be on the shelf for a long time, but perhaps mentioning them here might give us all pause to think of sharing better times ahead when we can raise a centenary lot of GWCo! #gwcowinery #gwcoharvest2018 #movichile #chileanwines
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