Bagual Vineyard
Caliboro – Maule Valley
Garnacha Field-blend
2o15 – Lot 69

“Rich and layered red with plum and berries. Layered and juicy with lots of fruit and ripe tannins. Finishes sappy, smooth and extremely long, displaying harmonious tannins and lingering candied lavender” -JR

singular Garnacha from small parcel of historic Caliboro farm

Alcohol: 14,9 (real)
pH  3,32
Acidez:  6,15
Azúcar residual: 2,44

7 Barrels Garnacha,
1717 bottles filled in Dic of 2016

In a Nutshell:

  • 1 of 11 wines we make from single parcels
  • Grower / partner Solar family
  • Alluvial like the Bagual Vineyard where the Carignan blend hails from but a separate parcel further from the banks of the Perquilauquen river. This vineyard has two deep esteros on each side that lend it terrific drainage.
  • Near 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.

the Vineyard:

  • Weatherwise rain continued long into Spring and cultivating / ploughing was done more than a month later than ususal in October. Leaves were significantly more autumnal when fruit was picked. Tannins in 2o15 are more than a little bit firmer than normal and the wines more dense. We like vintage variance to show through in the wines. That said we hope people hold on to wines in accordance with said vintage variance.
  • In a retrospective tasting of various vintages lately 2015 came to be called the year of the grip. All of the parcels will take longer to come into their own. In 2o15 we began a our transition from limited experiments with whole stems in fermentation lagars to a broader production using this technique– less pisoneo more raqui.
  • Whilst 2015 should be the year to taste this change, we think many will see 2016 as the watershed year, because 2015 is just too big to taste the difference yet. 2015 is a year to release later and a year to hold on to more bottles for late-release!

 

Wine-making:

  • Ancestral farming by hand and horse
  • Naturally fermented with native yeasts
  • Open top fermenters. Caps were punched down by hand. Pressing manual.
  • Aged in barrels over two winters— barrels third use or more.
  • Yeasts native (we add Bagual Garnacha wine from previous vintage to a pie de cuba and then inoculate the can with its own native yeasts.)
  • No temp control (besides opening closing windows) open tank, no nada
  • Pinch of sulfites after Malolactic that normally finishes a full 6-7 months after harvest with next summer´s heat

Denominación de Origen: Bagual / Caliboro / Maule Valley    (Secano Interior)

Tipo:  A brick

Tipo de uva: Garnacha (clone de Catalunya raro en Chile)

Características de los viñedos:

  • Garnacha grafted on roots of Pais 150 yrs +.

the Making:

  • Ancestral farming by hand and horse
  • Naturally fermented with native yeasts
  • Open top fermenters. Caps were punched down by hand. Pressing manual.
  • Aged in barrels over two winters— barrels third use or more.
  • Yeasts native (we add Bagual Garnacha wine from previous vintage to a pie de cuba and then inoculate the can with its own native yeasts.)
  • No temp control (besides opening closing windows) open tank, no nada
  • Pinch of sulfites after Malolactic that normally finishes a full 6-7 months after harvest with next summer´s heat

Crianza:

  • Aged in barrels over two winters— barrels third use or more.
  • various cooperages

 

T a s t i n g   N o t e

Descorchados 2017 Patricio Tapia
Bagual Vineyard Garnacha Field Blend 2015 Lot #69 – 93 Pts
Desde Bagual, en el secano del Maule, esta es una garnacha injertada sobre país que es tal salvaje como su entorno de lomajes, vegetación de sol y calores extremos. Es impresionante cómo las parras pueden vivir allí, solo con el agua que obtienen de la tierra y de la lluvia. Este es hijo del rigor, una garnacha profunda en madurez, con textura tremenda, tensa, se agarra a la lengua y no la suelta más. Es un vino grande para comida grande.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 239
Bagual Vineyard Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró Field-blend 2015 – Lot # 69 – 92 Pts
The 2015 Bagual Vineyard Garnacha Field Blend shows the heat of the vintage. I think these grapes from Caliboro tend to show quite ripe in warm years, and this is not an exception. It has the Caliboro firm tannins, and I feel this wine might benefit from some more time in bottle.

 

Notes on Previous Vintages from this parcel

Tim Atkin MW
Bagual Vineyard Garnacha Field Blend 2014 Lot #59 – 93 Pts

Descorchados 2017 Patricio Tapia
Bagual Vineyard Garnacha Field Blend 2014 Lot #59 – 93 Pts
Aromas salvajes, sabores rústicos, boca jugosa. Para acompañar con pernil de cochinillo. Y luego abrir otra botella.

James Suckling .com May 25th 2017
Bagual Vineyard Garnacha Field Blend 2014 Lot #59 – 93 Pts
This is a rich and layered red with plum and berry character. Layered and juicy with lots of fruit and ripe tannins. Flavorful finish. Drink now. 

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 23o
Bagual Vineyard Maule Valley Garnacha Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 59 – 92 Pts
The 2014 Bagual Vineyard Garnacha Field Blend uses fruit from Caliboro in Maule in partnership with the Solar family. The Carignan, Garnacha and Mataró field blend is near 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. This is 14.9% alcohol with an incredible pH of 3.08 and 6.38 grams of acidity. As all the single vineyard bottlings, it matured in well-seasoned French oak barrels over two winters. It’s riper and headier, with a little more body from the Syrah. Very tasty and with a long, supple finish. None of these wines show any oak whatsoever. 2,222 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2015. 

Vinous – Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017
Bagual Vineyard Maule Valley Garnacha Field-blend 2013  – Lot # 49 – 93 Pts
(Aged in neutral French oak barrels for two years; pH 3.27) Brilliant ruby-red. Potent, mineral-accented raspberry, cherry liqueur and potpourri aromas are complemented by a suave Asian spice note that builds in the glass. Seamless, penetrating and appealingly sweet, offering palate-staining red and blue fruit liqueur and floral pastille flavors and an exotic flourish of five-spice powder. Finishes sappy, smooth and extremely long, displaying harmonious tannins and a lingering suggestion of candied lavender Drink 2018 – 2023 Josh Raynolds

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 222
Bagual Vineyard Maule Valley Garnacha Field-blend 2013  – Lot # 49 – 91 Pts
The 2013 Lot #49 Bagual Vineyard Garnacha Field Blend is composed of 11 barrels of Garnacha and one of Syrah. The grapes are harvested from the Bagual Vineyard in Caliboro, in the Maule, where they regrafted some old plants to Garnacha’ in 2013 they bottled a varietal Garnacha for the first time. Spicy, floral and subtle, it has a dark ruby color, darker than most Garnachas, a little earthy and organic. The palate is sinewy, with nice acidity and the fine tannins of the Garnacha, perfectly integrated oak and a very tasty finish. Some 3,800 bottles produced.

 

Pictures of this vineyard taken over the past few years:

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