Bagual Vineyard
Caliboro – Maule Valley
Carignan, Garnacha & Mataro
2015 – Lot 66

Singular wine from small parcel of a historic Caliboro farm 2015 is a lot more powerful and seems to be aromatically dominated by Carignan.

Acidez titulable: 6,o g/l
pH: 3,38
Residual Sugar: 1,89 g/l
Alcohol:  13,5 % vol

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

1588  bottles filled in Nov 2016


In a nutshell: 

  • 1 of 11 wines we make from single parcels
  • Singular wine made from a small parcel with ancestral farming by hand and horse of the Secano Interior
  • Grower / partner:  Solar family
  • River´s edge, alluvial Bagual Vineyard is found on 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.
  • Naturally fermented with native yeasts in open top fermenters using punch-down technique
  • Barrel-aged over two winters in French Barrels (various cooperages, 2 + uses–  no new wood)
  • This wine was grown by ploughmen farmers in the Maule. It was farmed by hand and horse with traditional methods of dry-farming old vines with vines of Garnacha and Mataró in the field-blend.
  • It was fermented naturally in small tanks with open-tops. Caps were punched down by hand and pressing was strictly manual. The wine was aged in barrels over two winters— barrels of three or more uses.
  • Yeasts native (we add Bagual wine from previous vintage to a ‘pie de cuba’ primer)
  • No temp control (besides opening closing windows) open tank,
  • Pinch of sulfites after Malolactic that normally finishes a full 7 months after harvest with next summer´s heat. Another pinch before bottling.
  • This wine is a tribute to the resilience of the ploughmen farmers of the Maule who have been stewards of the vines of Caliboro since colonial times. The 66th wine we have bottled since 2001 it is thus labelled Lot # 66


T a s t i n g   N o t e s

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 239
Bagual Vineyard Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró Field-blend 2015 – Lot # 66 – 93 Pts
I was able to compare the 2015 Bagual Vineyard with the 2016, and the difference of character is notable. This 2015 is a lot more powerful and has a little more ripeness, while the 2016 is fresher and more aromatic. This seems to be aromatically dominated by Carignan, and the palate reveals some earthy rusticity I also often associate with the grape. However, 2015 seems to be a quite tannic year. Lot #66 was bottled into 1,588 bottles in November 2016.

Descorchados 2016 Patricio Tapia
Bagual Vineyard Carignan/Garnacha/Mataró Field Blend 2014 Lot #66 – 93 Pts
Bagual Vineyard Lot 66 Carignan, Garnacha, Mataró 2015 Otro Field Blend, de un mismo viñedo en la zona de Caliboro, en el interior del secano, se produjeron unas 4 barricas (225) de carignan, 2 de garnacha y una de mataró. El 2015 ha dado un vino de taninos duros, compactos, austeros y cerrados. Necesita tiempo, pero ahora ya muestra una fruta negra intensa, unida a una acidez de los demonios. Vayan por cordero, urgente.– Patricio Tapia


Notes on Previous Vintages from this parcel

Tim Atkin MW
Bagual Vineyard Carignan/Garnacha/Mataró Field Blend 2014 Lot #56 – 94 Pts
This may come from what Derek Mossman calls a “scruffy vineyard”, but when it produces wines as good as this, who cares about aesthetics. It’s a classic Maule Field blend of Carignan, Garnacha and Mataró with lovely, wild herb and orange zest notes and fine, well-integrated tannins. 2o17-2o22

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 23o
Bagual Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 56 – 94 Pts
This is a Carignan, Garnacha and Mataró field blend marked lot #56 where the Carignan is approximately 75 years old and the Garnacha and Mataró were grafted on roots of País that was over 150 years old. It’s perfumed, floral, aromatic, intoxicating, nuanced and harmonious, with the elegance and subtleness of a white wine. It has good grip, with very fine tannins and great acidity. 1,694 bottles were filled in November 2015.


Descorchados 2017 Patricio Tapia
Bagual Vineyard Carignan/Garnacha/Mataró Field Blend 2014 Lot #56 – 94 Pts
Delicate in the mouth  to begin with and then the wine gathers force and acidity, and arms a veritable party – Patricio Tapia


James Suckling .com May 25th 2017
Bagual Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró 2014  – Lot # 56 – 92 Pts
A pretty and juicy wine with plum and spice character. Medium to full body. Firm tannins. Lovely subtle, earthiness. Handmade. Drink now


Vinous – Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017
Bagual Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró 2013  – Lot # 46 – 92 Pts
(aged for two years in used French oak barrels; pH 3.34) Deep ruby. A wild, exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe dark berries, passion fruit and candied flowers, and a zesty mineral flourish builds in the glass. Appealingly sweet black raspberry, cherry and rose pastille flavors become livelier as the wine opens up. In a seamless, open-knit style, offering excellent finishing clarity and a long, gently tannic finish that echoes the floral note. Drink 2018 – 2023 Josh Raynolds


Wine Advocate Robert Parker , #222  Dec 2015
Bagual Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró 2013  – Lot # 46 – 91 Pts
The 2013 Bagual Vineyard Lot #46 is a blend of Cariñena, Garnacha and Mataró (Monastrell or Mourvèdre) from the Bagaul Vineyard, located in Caliboro in the Maule Valley. It’s a vineyard that had old Cariñena and they regrafted some of the vines to Garnacha and Monastrell. They harvest and ferment the grapes separately from these alluvial soils from dry farmed, ungrafted vines (a constant in their wines). A little closed and serious, it slowly develops some aromas of paprika and beef blood, wild berries and something earthy. The palate is medium-bodied, with very fine acidity, fine tannins and very good length. Like all of heir wines, the wine spends two winters in the winery, as they believe it stabilizes and focuses the wines. This has very good harmony and stuffing to age in bottle. They produce a little more than 4,000 bottles of this wine. Drink 2015 – 2021 Luis Gutierrez

Descorchados 2016 Patricio Tapia
Bagual Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró 2013  – Lot # 46 – 92 Pts
Algo vacío hacia el final, pero bien. Fresco, radiante en especias y en acidez. De los vinos que necesitas para el asado. Patricio Tapia

James Suckling .com 2015
Bagual Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró 2013  – Lot # 46 – 92 Pts
“Full body with lots of earth and mushroom on the nose and palate. Round juicy character. Bright acidity. Chewy tannins. A blend of mainly garnacha and some syrah. Drink or hold.”
— James Suckling 2015

Wine Advcate – Robert Parker , #213  Jun 2014
The 2011 Lot #34 Carignan from the Maule Valley is produced from the fruit of dry-farmed, head-pruned old vines. It is bright ruby-colored with a serious nose mixing tree bark aromas, red and black fruit, licorice and subtle spices. The Carignan is blended with some Grenache and Mataró. The palate is fluid with good acidity and medium body – pure, fresh, delicious Mediterranean wine. This is a great, elegant blend. 93 pts Drink now-2019

Guia Descorchados – Patricio Tapia – GWCo Lot # 34 Carignan – 2011
93 Pts Ranking Best of Maule, Ranking Best of Variety Carignan Garage Wine Co, Lot # 34, 2011 Maule 16.5
Juicy, exuberant red fruit. Quality oak, though it is quite prominent at this early stage, and fresh, attractive acidity. Tender and well crafted. (RH) 14.1% Drink 2014-2019

Wine Advocate – Robert Parker (Neil Martin & Jay Miller)
GWCo Lot # 27 Carignan – 2010  92 pts Parker
The 2010 Carignan (91%) – Grenache (9%) sports an intriguing nose of exotic spices, black plum, black cherry, underbrush, and earthy minerals. This is followed by a plush, succulent, pleasure-bent wine that is more structured than its peers. Give it 5-6 years to reveal its full potential and drink it from 2016 to 2025

The 2008 Lot #17 Old Vine Carignan – 92 pts Parker
Field Blend includes unknown amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec sourced from a 65-year-old parcel and aged in neutral oak. Purple in color with a captivating nose of exotic spices, incense, wild berries, and floral notes, in the glass it opens to reveal a complex, rich, layered wine packed into a medium- bodied frame. Give it 5-6 years to reveal its full potential and drink it from 2016 to 2023.

Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
GWCo Lot # 17 Carignan Old-bush vines vintage – 2008 – 92 Pts
Bright ruby. Intense, spice-accented aromas of cherry, redcurrant and violet, with smoke and mineral topnotes. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering energetic red fruit flavors that take on weight with air. Finishes smoky, spicy and very long, with slow-building tannins and resonating florality. –  Josh Raynolds


Tim Atkin MW
GWCo Lot # 17 Carignan Old-bush vines vintage – 2008 – 91 Pts
This Carignan-based blend is savoury and slightly funky with complex notes of clove spice, red fruits and balsamic vinegar. Yet another great wine from Maule. Tim Atkin


Pictures of this vineyard taken over the past few years: