Sauzal Vineyard
Empedrado – Maule Valley
Carignan / Garnacha / Mataró
2014 – Lot #55

Carignan – 3 barrels
Garnacha
– 2 barrels
Mataró  – 1 barrel

1694 bottles filled
November of 2o15

“The nose is fresh and has tantalising aromas of blueberries, violets, orange peel, raspberry leaf and aniseed with a touch of aromatic herbs that provide freshness. The palate is electric, with citric acidity, ultra-fine tannins and very good length. This is both rustic and elegant, wild and subtle. This is a superb, fresh, Mediterranean blend that shows what the Maule is capable of.”
— Luis Gutierrez

Acidity  (g / l) 7,13
pH 3,05
Residual Sugar (g / l) 2,37
Alcohol (% vol) 13,5

In a nutshell:

  • One of eleven wines from single parcels
  • Grower / partner grown by Nivaldo Morales in Sauzal
  • ancestral farming by hand and horse, with traditional methods of the Secano Costero
  • naturally fermented with native yeasts in open-top fermenters using punch-down
  • Sauzal sits on the Coastal Range of mountains (much older and slower to cool than the Andes the sub-soils have cracked granite beneath that allow roots to get deep into cracks
  • Barrel-aged two winters in French Barrels (various cooperages, 2 + uses– no new wood)

This wine was grown by a small farmer in the Maule. It was farmed by hand and horse with traditional methods of dry-farming 70+ year old vines with vines.
This wine is a tribute to the resilience of the ploughmen farmers of the Maule who have been stewards of the vines since colonial times. The 55th wine we have produced since 2001 it is thus labelled Lot # 55

T a s t i n g   N o t e s

“Fresh, broad shouldered and well-braced”

“Floral junipery nose— firm mouth like a stone fist in a velvet glove”

“Soft and velvety with hints of dark fruits and spices. Some walnut. Medium to full body, round tannins and a savoury finish. Funky old vine wine.” 
— James Suckling

Unfiltered #gwcoharvest #gwcosauzal

Unfiltered #gwcoharvest #gwcosauzal ...

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GWCo la semana con las bandas (UPA prepara para su set con GWCo) #gwcogente #gwcoharvest #gwcosauzal

GWCo la semana con las bandas (UPA prepara para su set con GWCo) #gwcogente #gwcoharvest #gwcosauzal ...

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Garnacha from Caliboro does put a smile on one's face. #gwcogente #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal

Garnacha from Caliboro does put a smile on one's face. #gwcogente #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal ...

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#gwcogente #gwcoharvest #gwcosauzal

#gwcogente #gwcoharvest #gwcosauzal ...

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Pilo & Nivaldo #gwcosauzal

Pilo & Nivaldo #gwcosauzal ...

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And the pick continues -- Sauzal #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal #gwcogente

And the pick continues -- Sauzal #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal #gwcogente ...

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#gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal

#gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal ...

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Made by hand -- capable hands, expert hands #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal

Made by hand -- capable hands, expert hands #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal ...

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Almost finished #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal

Almost finished #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal ...

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La Cuadrilla wrapping it up #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal

La Cuadrilla wrapping it up #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal ...

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Garnacha #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal

Garnacha #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal ...

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The rain did not cooperate today but the colours did #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal

The rain did not cooperate today but the colours did #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal ...

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And we have brilliant sun for a picking day in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal

And we have brilliant sun for a picking day in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal ...

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Carignan from Sauzal vineyard #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal

Carignan from Sauzal vineyard #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal ...

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Personalities out picking with us today  #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal

Personalities out picking with us today #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal ...

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Personalities : "wanted in Texas" #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal

Personalities : "wanted in Texas" #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal ...

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Picking Sauzal #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal

Picking Sauzal #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal ...

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Robinson doing his exploding basket trick #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal #gwcogente

Robinson doing his exploding basket trick #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal #gwcogente ...

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Black and white and red all over #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal

Black and white and red all over #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal ...

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And the picking went on .... #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal

And the picking went on .... #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal ...

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Gratuitous logo shot for Matt #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal

Gratuitous logo shot for Matt #gwcoharvest2016 #gwcosauzal ...

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Note burned hillside in background ;-(, #gwcosauzal

Note burned hillside in background ;-(, #gwcosauzal ...

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Some green harvesting of the pampanos -- small green bunches that won't ripen and we need this energy to help ripen the principal fruit! #gwcosauzal

Some green harvesting of the pampanos -- small green bunches that won't ripen and we need this energy to help ripen the principal fruit! #gwcosauzal ...

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Green is not the new blue. #gwcosauzal

Green is not the new blue. #gwcosauzal ...

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Picking Sauzal Garnacha with Nivaldo #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosauzal

Picking Sauzal Garnacha with Nivaldo #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosauzal ...

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A productive day in #gwcosauzal #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcogente

A productive day in #gwcosauzal #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcogente ...

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Early morning start - Carignan with Nivaldo hoy dia. #gwcosauzal #gwcsauzalvineyard

Early morning start - Carignan with Nivaldo hoy dia. #gwcosauzal #gwcsauzalvineyard ...

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Great day for light hunting -- as well as the Carignan! #gwcosauzal #gwcsauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2017

Great day for light hunting -- as well as the Carignan! #gwcosauzal #gwcsauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2017 ...

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Great morning light on fruit #gwcosauzal #gwcoharvest2017

Great morning light on fruit #gwcosauzal #gwcoharvest2017 ...

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Gorgeous fruit in Sazual cut yesterday. Niva is smiling ear to ear as we cut more kilos of better fruit than ever. #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosauzal #gwcosauzalvineyard

Gorgeous fruit in Sazual cut yesterday. Niva is smiling ear to ear as we cut more kilos of better fruit than ever. #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosauzal #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Carignan #gwcosauzal #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcolately

Carignan #gwcosauzal #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcolately ...

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C r i t i c s    N o t e s

Descorchados 2017 Patricio Tapia
Sauzal Vineyard Carignan/Garnacha/Mataró 2014 Lot #55 – 95 Pts
De aromas un tanto más maduros y algunos leves torrados. La boca es recia y jugosísima, ideal para esos cerdos cocidos a la llama por horas y horas.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 23o
Sauzal Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró 2014  – Lot # 55 – 93 Pts
The 2014 Sauzal Vineyard is also a field blend of Carignan, Garnacha and Mataró (Monastrell) from the vineyard of Nivaldo Morales in Sauzal on degraded granite soils that allow roots to get deep into cracks. Tannins in 2015 were a little bit firmer than normal and the wines in general a little denser. Nivaldo cultivates his vineyards in an ancestral way, by hand and horse. A small portion of the grapes were kept with whole stems and stomped by feet and resulted in more tannic and slightly higher volatile acidity that complemented the rest of the barrels. It’s more powerful, with flowers, spices and something earthy, resinous even. The palate is medium to full-bodied with balance in a slightly XL way, lifted by great acidity. 1,694 bottles were produced from three barrels of Carignan, two of Garnacha and one of Mataró. It was bottled in November 2015. Drink 2017–2027 –  Luis Gutierrez
 
James Suckling .com May 25th 2017
Sauzal Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 55 – 93 Pts
Soulful red with juicy and earth with meat and berry. Full body and beautiful. Long and flavorful. Juicy and intense.


Notes on Previous Vintages from this parcel

 
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #222  Dec 2015
Sauzal Vineyard Carignan/Garnacha/Mataró Field Blend 2013 Lot #45 – 94 Pts
I visited an amazing vineyard from a grower called Nivaldo Morales with Derek Mossman, an old vineyard planted mostly with País and some Carignan, and some País vines were regrafted to Garnacha, Mataró (Monastrell) and Garnacha (Grenache). The 2013 Lot #45 Carignan Garnacha Mataró Field Blend is sourced from that Sauzal vineyard in the Maule Valley. A very similar wine is also sold in the United Kingdom as The Ploughmen. The nose is fresh and has tantalizing aromas of blueberries, violets, orange peel, raspberry leaf and aniseed with a touch of aromatic herbs that provide freshness. The palate is electric, with citric acidity, ultra-fine tannins and very good length. This is both rustic and elegant, wild and subtle. None of these wines show any alcohol or wood. This is a superb, fresh, Mediterranean blend that shows what the Maule is capable of. Bravo! Around 2,500 bottles were produced.  Drink 2015 – 2021 Luis Gutierrez

Descorchados 2016 Patricio Tapia
LOT # 45 SAUZAL VINEYARD Carignan, Garnacha, Mataró 2013
Dominado por una acidez deliciosa, este tinto se mueve con nervio por la boca, como su tuviera su propia luz. Delicioso. 93 pts Patricio Tapia

Tim Atkin MW
Sauzal Vineyard Carignan/Garnacha/Mataró Field Blend 2014 Lot #55 – 91 Pts

Pictures of this vineyard taken over the past few years:

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Cutting Garmacha old vines Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2021

Cutting Garmacha old vines Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2021 ...

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Cariñena at its finest in little known nooks of the Secano Interior #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2021

Cariñena at its finest in little known nooks of the Secano Interior #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2021 ...

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Monastrell by any other name would be: Mataro, Mataró, Alcayata, Balzac Noir, Catalan, Espagnen, Espar, Garrut, Gayata, Mourvede, Mourvedon, Mourvedre, Negria or Ros…  #gwcosauzalvineyard

Monastrell by any other name would be: Mataro, Mataró, Alcayata, Balzac Noir, Catalan, Espagnen, Espar, Garrut, Gayata, Mourvede, Mourvedon, Mourvedre, Negria or Ros… #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Tripped on this little drama today shot with an old GoPro Hero 3 #gwcosauzalvineyard

Tripped on this little drama today shot with an old GoPro Hero 3 #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Tool of the trade #gwcosauzalvineyard

Tool of the trade #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Another classic of Nivaldo Morales by @matt.wilson.gc #gwcosauzalvineyard (we do not recommend speeding through a vineyard in car truck or horse, but a moment is moment and with hat  captured in mid-air it is hard not to smile with the spirit...

Another classic of Nivaldo Morales by @matt.wilson.gc #gwcosauzalvineyard (we do not recommend speeding through a vineyard in car truck or horse, but a moment is moment and with hat captured in mid-air it is hard not to smile with the spirit... ...

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Garnacha 2021 Sauzal #gwcosauzalvineyard

Garnacha 2021 Sauzal #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Filling in hillside Garnacha / rellenando con plantitas Garnacha #gwcosauzalvineyard

Filling in hillside Garnacha / rellenando con plantitas Garnacha #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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With Nivaldo Morales ten years ago (almost) after grafting Garnacha and Mataró next his Cariñena #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest
#gwcoharvest2020
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#mauleadicto
#regiondelmaule
#movichile

With Nivaldo Morales ten years ago (almost) after grafting Garnacha and Mataró next his Cariñena #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest
#gwcoharvest2020
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#mauleadicto
#regiondelmaule
#movichile
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Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard

Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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.......el futuro de la agricultura es volver al origen y garagewineco lo tiene MÁS q claro 👏👏🙏 por acá #nivaldo en pleno “farming” 👌donde nacen las joyas de Sauzal 💅 salud !! #gwcosauzalvineyard #sommlife

.......el futuro de la agricultura es volver al origen y garagewineco lo tiene MÁS q claro 👏👏🙏 por acá #nivaldo en pleno “farming” 👌donde nacen las joyas de Sauzal 💅 salud !! #gwcosauzalvineyard #sommlife ...

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Hangin with Don Niva this afternoon #gwcosauzalvineyard

Hangin with Don Niva this afternoon #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Pais Sauzal - #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofam

Pais Sauzal - #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofam ...

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Garnacha from Sauzal first pass picking -- note 5 plant rows left behind (too close to the fire) #gwcosauzalvineyard

Garnacha from Sauzal first pass picking -- note 5 plant rows left behind (too close to the fire) #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Out early in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcofam

Out early in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcofam ...

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Picking in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard capturing #fieldworks with @matt.wilson_gc #drone #dji #video #aerial @bibendumwine

Picking in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard capturing #fieldworks with @matt.wilson_gc #drone #dji #video #aerial @bibendumwine ...

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Picking in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard

Picking in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Early pickings - #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofam #gwcosauzalvineyard

Early pickings - #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofam #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Picking in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard

Picking in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Radel canastero (and scribner ) Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks

Radel canastero (and scribner ) Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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Yours truly in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard capturing light and images of the early #fieldworks with @matt.wilson_gc #drone #dji #video #aerial @movichile @movilatienda @bibendumwine

Yours truly in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard capturing light and images of the early #fieldworks with @matt.wilson_gc #drone #dji #video #aerial @movichile @movilatienda @bibendumwine ...

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Cariñena in Sauzal Vineyard Nivaldo & Otelia #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks

Cariñena in Sauzal Vineyard Nivaldo & Otelia #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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José hard at work Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks

José hard at work Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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Don Radel - canastero extraordinario  Sauzal Vineyard Nivaldo & Otelia #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks

Don Radel - canastero extraordinario Sauzal Vineyard Nivaldo & Otelia #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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Help from the next generation today #gwcoharvest17 #gwcosauzalvineyard

Help from the next generation today #gwcoharvest17 #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Two “canasteros” not to be confused with the pickers who fill the baskets these gents carry. #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofam

Two “canasteros” not to be confused with the pickers who fill the baskets these gents carry. #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofam ...

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Self portrait on Cariñena - Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft

Self portrait on Cariñena - Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Nivaldo Morales vigneron, farmer, steward of the land #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofam @bibendumwine

Nivaldo Morales vigneron, farmer, steward of the land #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofam @bibendumwine ...

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A productive day in #gwcosauzal #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcogente

A productive day in #gwcosauzal #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcogente ...

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Little boxes on the hillside
Little boxes Garnacha ticky-tacky
Little boxes on the hillside... #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcolately

Little boxes on the hillside
Little boxes Garnacha ticky-tacky
Little boxes on the hillside... #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcolately
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Youngest pictured here in #gwcosauzalvineyard last week offering to go picking with me this week -- anything to avoid going back to school tomorrow!

Youngest pictured here in #gwcosauzalvineyard last week offering to go picking with me this week -- anything to avoid going back to school tomorrow! ...

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No filter required Sauzal Vineyard Nivaldo & Otelia #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks

No filter required Sauzal Vineyard Nivaldo & Otelia #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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Gorgeous fruit in Sazual cut yesterday. Niva is smiling ear to ear as we cut more kilos of better fruit than ever. #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosauzal #gwcosauzalvineyard

Gorgeous fruit in Sazual cut yesterday. Niva is smiling ear to ear as we cut more kilos of better fruit than ever. #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosauzal #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Rebirth #gwcosauzalvineyard

Rebirth #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Yes I was ridiculed for playing with my silly camera by people doing the real work— karma got even when I pinched a tire with 15oo kgs on as I left Nivaldo’s farm. #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcofam

Yes I was ridiculed for playing with my silly camera by people doing the real work— karma got even when I pinched a tire with 15oo kgs on as I left Nivaldo’s farm. #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcofam ...

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Rare shot of Nivaldo without his lid! Picking in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard #video @bibendumwine @goprocl @gopro #goprowine

Rare shot of Nivaldo without his lid! Picking in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard #video @bibendumwine @goprocl @gopro #goprowine ...

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Nivaldo salutes Sauzal Vineyard  #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks

Nivaldo salutes Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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Poda hecha ha llegado el momento meter con arado #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcotrabajosdecampo

Poda hecha ha llegado el momento meter con arado #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcotrabajosdecampo ...

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Our work party take 5 #gwcofieldworks @bibendumwine #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard Photo by @matt.wilson_gc @bibendumwine @gwcofieldcraft

Our work party take 5 #gwcofieldworks @bibendumwine #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard Photo by @matt.wilson_gc @bibendumwine @gwcofieldcraft ...

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