Portezuelo Vineyard
Itata Valley
Carignan, Field-blend
2015 – Lot 68

“2015 was a tannic year, and the 2015 Portezuelo Vineyard manages to keep its poise. This is always very balsamic, and in this vintage, it feels super varietal, with the tree bark-like rusticity of the Cariñena and a slightly dusty personality. After some time in the glass, it takes off with lots of aromatic herbs and flowers.” – LG

Carignan from Itata with notes of Cinsault  Earthy with a touch more funk and or jazz

Field-blend aprox:
Carignan – 7 barrels
Cinsault  – 1 barrel 

Bottles filled : 2450 in Dic 2016

 

Acidez titulable: 5,7 g/l
pH: 3,5
Residual Sugar: 2,16 g/l
Alcohol:  13,7 % vol

This wine was grown by a small farmer in Itata. It was farmed by hand and horse with traditional methods of dry-farming old vines with vines of Cinsault 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 two or more uses.

This wine is a tribute to the resilience of the ploughmen farmers of the Secano Interior who have been stewards of the vines since colonial times. Portezuelo was the site of the first winery in Chile. The 68th wine we have bottled since 2001 it is thus labelled Lot # 68.

In a Nutshell

  • Singular wine made from a small parcel with ancestral farming by hand and horse of the Secano Costero
  • Naturally fermented with native yeasts in open top fermenters using punch-down
  • Barrel-aged two winters in French Barrels (various cooperages, 2 + uses– no new wood)
  • Cinsault is an age-old variety in Itata referred to as

 

Características de los viñedos:

Carignan & Cinsault form early 1940s

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Elaboración:

  • Ancestral farming by hand and horse
  • Naturally fermented with native yeasts
  • Open top fermenters. Caps were punched down by hand. Pressing manual.
  • This parcel ferments a little warmer than the others 27-28 whereas Truqui does not climb so high
  • Aged in barrels over two winters— barrels third use or more.
  • Yeasts native (we add Portezuelo wine from previous vintage to a pie de cuba)
  • No temp control (besides opening closing windows) open tank, no nada
  • Pinch of sulfites after Malolactic that generally does finish before 1st Winter due to more heat in the tank finishing

Crianza:

  • Aged in barrels over two winters— barrels third use or more.
  • various cooperages (Sylvain, Berger, Nadalie – Alliers Noisette toast, and some Burgundy barrel

 

T a s t i n g   N o t e s

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 239
Portezuelo Vineyard Itata Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2015  – Lot # 68 – 93+ Pts
2015 was a tannic year, and the 2015 Portezuelo Vineyard manages to keep its poise. This is always very balsamic, and in this vintage, it feels super varietal, with the tree bark-like rusticity of the Cariñena and a slightly dusty personality. After some time in the glass, it takes off with lots of aromatic herbs and even flowers. This is lot number 68. 2,450 bottles were filled in December 2016. They didn’t manage to produce this wine in the rainy 2016 vintage, so we’ll have to wait for 2017 and 2018.

 

Previous Vintages — same single vineyard parcel

Descorchados 2017 Patricio Tapia
Portezuelo Vineyard D.O. Itata Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 58 – 94 Pts
Delicado en boca, pero solo al comienzo. Luego saca sus garras y acidez, armando toda una fiesta.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 23o
Portezuelo Vineyard Itata Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 58 – 93 Pts
The 2014 Portezuelo Vineyard, a Cariñena field blend planted in the early 1940s with some Cinsault from the Lavin family in Itata. The vineyard is on the initial slopes of the Coastal Range and enjoys shade early in the afternoon due to its exposure facing east. It compensated for the relative warmer temperatures from Portezuelo. Some people dismiss it because it’s a warm place, but it really keeps the freshness. It’s more Mediterranean with notes of dried herbs and spices, quite balsamic. The palate has the austerity and tastiness of the granite. 2,170 bottles were filled in December 2015. Drink 2017 – 2022 Luis Gutierrez

James Suckling .com May 25th 2017

Portezuelo Vineyard Itata Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 58 – 93 Pts
This is a floral, beautiful red with dried roses and violets. Full body, medium chewy tannins. Flavorful finish. Drink now.

Wine Advocate Robert Parker , #222  Dec 2015
Portezuelo Vineyard D.O. Itata Valley Carignan, Field-blend 2013  – Lot # 48 – 92 Pts
As most of the Garage wines from the south, this is a Cariñena field blend with some Cinsault. The nose shows some wild herbs, flowers, spices and something earthy. There is less acidity in this wine from Itata than in most of the other examples from Maule; the wine feels fleshy and juicy, with very fine tannins and some grip. More accessible for those that might not want citric acidity in their reds. This is the first Garage Wine release from Itata. Some 3,700 bottles produced.  Drink 2015 – 2021 Luis Gutierrez

James Suckling .com 2015
GARAGE WINE Co. LOT #48 –  PORTEZUELO VINEYARD CARIGNAN – 93 pts
Lots of blackberry, wet earth and old vine bark. Full body, plenty of dark fruit, plus black pepper and cloves. Savory and rich. Delicious wine. Needs a year of bottle age but already excellent. James Suckling

 

Pictures of this vineyard taken over the past few years:

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