Las Higueras Vineyard
Maule Valley
Cabernet Franc
2016 – Lot 82

Dry-farmed

“The 2016 Las Higueras is from a place close to Linares that GWCo now manage entirely (and sell some fruit to others) and has some herbal aromas and a leafy, spicy personality. It has very fine tannins and good freshness. It’s elegant, with complexity.” – LG

13  Barrels Cab Franc
4000+ bottles filled in Dic 2017

Acidez titulable (g / l) 5,78
pH 3,42
Azúcar residual (g / l) 2,19
Alcohol (% vol) 14.1

In a Nutshell

“Fresh, very Franc, a little broader in the shoulders– well-braced”

 

Características de los viñedos:

  • Terrace of alluvial soils above the Archibueno River
  • Having to returned to cultivate the soils, and having pruned much of the dead-wood last year we are pleasantly surpised at how the vineyard is perking up again. It will be a few years of hard work before we can achieve everything we want, but so far: proper balanced pruning, ploughing, manure and very little irrigation are working wonders. In fact we should be able to dry-farm 100% this vintage.

Elaboración:

  • Naturally fermented with native yeasts
  • Conical oval shaped lagar type fermenter
  • Caps punched down by hand.
  • Lignified stems re-introduced after crush.
  • Yeasts native (we used wine from Cab Franc 2o14 vintage to a pie de cuba)
  • No temp control (besides opening closing windows) open tank, no nada
  • Pinch of sulfites after malolactic that did finish before winter began unlike the Carignans

Crianza:

  • Aged in barrels over two winters— barrels for this wine come from Almaviva after two uses: Sylvain, Berger & Fils &Nadalie

 

About Las Higueras

We have made Las Higueras Cab Franc since 2013. It was sourced from a corner of a larger 8 hectare vineyard of 110 year old Cab Franc in Maule. In this corner hectare most all of the cables and posts of the rows had mostly fallen down (the owners had used these bits and bobs to help better string up the rest of the vineyard) and, as we saw it, this little hectare had returned to its natural state in nature ie old bush head vines! Old bush-head vine Cab Franc.

Note : Two years ago we entered into an agreement to rent the whole enchilada in a long-term deal that has us managing all 8 hectares. We have brought in our dry-farming vignerons from Sauzal and Puico to help and have begun cultivating the vineyard the old way. The vineyard has responded well to what was a formidable pruning to recover and rebuild the old vines, but already we are seeing a re-birth.

What is to come?
The 2017 Vintage (a warm year) was harvested at 12,6 & 12,8 alc. We are looking forward to future years now we manage the whole vineyard!

 

T a s t i n g   N o t e s

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 239
Las Higueras Vineyard Maule Valley Cabernet Franc 2014  – Lot # 82 – 93 Pts
The 2016 Las Higueras Vineyard bottling (Lot #82) is from a place close to Linares that they now manage entirely (and sell some fruit to others) and has some herbal aromas and a leafy, spicy personality. It has very fine tannins and good freshness. It’s elegant, with some complexity. Some 4,000 bottles produced from 13 barrels. It was bottled in December 2017.

 

Notes on Previous Vintages from this parcel

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 239
Las Higueras Vineyard Maule Valley Cabernet Franc 2014  – Lot # 72 – 92 Pts
As with many of their bottlings, I was able to compare the 2015 Las Higueras Vineyard with the 2016, and this was darker, more concentrated and powerful. It feels quite ripe and not that varietal. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with abundant, slightly dusty tannins. 3,764 bottles were filled in December 2016.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 23o
Las Higueras Vineyard Maule Valley Cabernet Franc 2014  – Lot # 62 – 93+ Pts
I also got to taste the 2014 Las Higueras Vineyard bottling (marked lot #62). This vineyard in the Caliboro zone of Maule has provided a very balanced and expressive Cabernet Franc, with complexity and nuances, fine tannins and good freshness. 3,642 bottles produced. It was bottled in December 2015, having spent two winters in barrel. 

James Suckling .com May 25th 2017
Las Higueras Vineyard Maule Valley Cabernet Franc 2014  – Lot # 62 – 93 Pts
This is a solid cabernet franc with beautiful density and intense. Wonderfully structured with firm and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs a year or two of bottle age.

Descorchados 2017 Patricio Tapia
Las Higueras Vineyard Maule Valley Cabernet Franc 2014  – Lot # 62 – 91 Pts
Voluptuoso y con agarre, de los que piden esos gordos cortes de carne jugosa. También para la guarda.

 

Tim Atkin MW
Las Higueras Vineyard Maule Valley Cabernet Franc 2013  – Lot # 52 – 93 Pts
New to Derek Mossman’s extensive range of goodies in 2013, this is a rather unusual bush vine Cabernet Franc, showing classic notes of graphite and cut grass backed up by sinewy, well integrated tannins and supporting acidity. An impressive début. Drink 2018-24

 

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 23o
Las Higueras Vineyard Maule Valley Cabernet Franc 2013  – Lot # 52 – 92 Pts
Let’s see if I can find names that can be reused from vintage to vintage, using the vineyard designation, like the case of their Cabernet Franc 2013 Las Higueras Vineyard from Maule. This was sourced from dry-farmed, head-pruned old Cabernet Franc vines planted on a terrace of alluvial soils near the Perquilauquen river. It matured in barrel over two winters. The Pirque Cabernet Franc is their first wine to sell out year after year, so they had to find more Cabernet Franc, and they finally got this, from two vineyards. It shows the mixture of varietal and place characteristics, plus the freshness from the year. It has more developed, earthier aromas. 3,371 bottles were filled in November 2014 from 11 barrels. This is lot #52.

 

Vinous – Antonio Galloni, Feb 2017
Las Higueras Vineyard Maule Valley Cabernet Franc 2013  – Lot # 52 – 91 Pts
Opaque ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berries on the deeply perfumed nose, complicated by hints of licorice, dark chocolate and pipe tobacco that build in the glass. Plush, expansive cherry and black currant flavors show very good depth and a refreshing touch of mint that emerges with air. Finishes smooth, sweet and impressively long, delivering solid thrust, a hint of bitter chocolate and velvety, even tannins that come in late. Drink 2018 – 2023 Josh Raynolds

 

Descorchados 2017 Patricio Tapia
Las Higueras Vineyard Maule Valley Cabernet Franc 2013  – Lot # 52 – 91 Pts
Especias y algunos toques torrados en la nariz. La boca es amable, tensa, con una rica acidez que lo barre todo.

 

For pictures of this vineyard site taken over the past few years see the hashtag gallery on :

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

Cab Franc - trained old bush-head no filter required #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #mauleadicto #maule #gwcofieldcraft

Cab Franc - trained old bush-head no filter required #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #mauleadicto #maule #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Y para empezar cuarentena un vertical de CF de Maipo con los vecinos: cuarto piso 2017, tercer piso 2016, segundo piso 2015 y @singleferments en primer piso con 2014 / to begin the new lockdown in Santiago we got the neighbours together for a socially distanced vertical of Cab Franc Maipo: fourth floor Jorge with 2017 Lot 9o, third floor Monica with Lot 8o 2016, second floor Alejandro y Alejandra 2015 Lot 70 and Pilar on the ground with Lot 60 from 2014. Pirque Vineyard lockdown vertical — a corona  vertical 
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Y para empezar cuarentena un vertical de CF de Maipo con los vecinos: cuarto piso 2017, tercer piso 2016, segundo piso 2015 y @singleferments en primer piso con 2014 / to begin the new lockdown in Santiago we got the neighbours together for a socially distanced vertical of Cab Franc Maipo: fourth floor Jorge with 2017 Lot 9o, third floor Monica with Lot 8o 2016, second floor Alejandro y Alejandra 2015 Lot 70 and Pilar on the ground with Lot 60 from 2014. Pirque Vineyard lockdown vertical — a corona vertical
#gwcocabfranc
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#movichile
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#gwcopirquevineyard
#garagewineco
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On this day of Cab Franc  #cabernetfranc #cabernetfrancday Pilar walks Las Higueras V. Cab Franc in the Maule with Jorge George Jolo Cancino #gwcolashiguerasvineyard @singleferments

On this day of Cab Franc #cabernetfranc #cabernetfrancday Pilar walks Las Higueras V. Cab Franc in the Maule with Jorge George Jolo Cancino #gwcolashiguerasvineyard @singleferments ...

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Special shout out to the Indies in UK today like @vineyards_wine in Sherbourne perhaps one of the positives to come out of this whole mess is that we shall be stronger with Independents @walkerwodehouse #drinkindie #drinkindiedrinklocal #localisthenewblack #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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On this day of Cab Franc #cabernetfrancday #cabernetfranc a pic of @singleferments Pilar walking old vine Las Higueras Cab Franc with Jorge ‘Jolo’ Cancino #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

On this day of Cab Franc #cabernetfrancday #cabernetfranc a pic of @singleferments Pilar walking old vine Las Higueras Cab Franc with Jorge ‘Jolo’ Cancino #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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New reins on the mechanical horse - ready to go! #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Flower Power en Las Higueras ! #gwcolashiguerasvineyard francly we have flowering power in Las Higueras Vineyard Cab Franc ! @gwco2021

Flower Power en Las Higueras ! #gwcolashiguerasvineyard francly we have flowering power in Las Higueras Vineyard Cab Franc ! @gwco2021 ...

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If I said “redefining take-away” would I have to explain? Comida “para llevar” redefinido #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

If I said “redefining take-away” would I have to explain? Comida “para llevar” redefinido #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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The one and only Monchito / el único original Monchito #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Tie me up tiene down / Átame #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Mugroneando el Cab Franc de Las Higueras #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Mugroneando el Cab Franc de Las Higueras #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Great shot of the family working harvest in @la.cav / buena foto familiar de cosecha en @la.cav #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Great shot of the family working harvest in @la.cav / buena foto familiar de cosecha en @la.cav #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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“It came with packages boxes or tags. It came just the same . . . “ Theodore Seuss inspired transport #gwcoharvest2019 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

“It came with packages boxes or tags. It came just the same . . . “ Theodore Seuss inspired transport #gwcoharvest2019 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Han skulle till Nya Zeeland för att åka skidor, men hamnade i Chile istället. Kanadensaren Derek Mossman Knapp stannade kvar i landet och blev en av grundarna till Garage Wine Company samt MOVI, en sammanslutning av småskaliga producenter.

Prövar Garages druvrena Las Higueras Cabernet Franc Lot 54 årgång 2013. Druvorna kommer från bush vines i regionen Maule. Ingen konstbevattning, manuell skörd, naturlig jäst och ingen temperaturkontroll i tankarna. Vinet lagrades 18 månader på gamla franska fat.

Tankarna går mot Bordeaux eller kanske snarare Bolgheri för här finns en generös och tät solvarm frukt parallellt med struktur och syra som stadgar upp. Inget kladd här inte. Noter av plommon, söt tobak, örter, en gnutta vått trä och ett uns vanilj. Även blyerts och svarta vinbär som får mig förbryllat att i sinnet (och på flaskan) söka efter en andel cabernet sauvignon, som alltså inte existerar i det här glaset. Toppas med silkiga men distinkta tanniner. Finurligt bygge med hög energi och bra balans mellan beståndsdelarna.

Gärna mer sånt här från Chile, håller ett öga både på producenten och movichile framöver!
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#garagewineco #derekmossmanknapp #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #maulevalley #chileanwine #winesofchile #vinosdechile #cabernetfranc #terroir #vinvivant #naturalwine #vinnaturel #wine #redwine #vinparaden #handpickedwine

Han skulle till Nya Zeeland för att åka skidor, men hamnade i Chile istället. Kanadensaren Derek Mossman Knapp stannade kvar i landet och blev en av grundarna till Garage Wine Company samt MOVI, en sammanslutning av småskaliga producenter.

Prövar Garages druvrena Las Higueras Cabernet Franc Lot 54 årgång 2013. Druvorna kommer från bush vines i regionen Maule. Ingen konstbevattning, manuell skörd, naturlig jäst och ingen temperaturkontroll i tankarna. Vinet lagrades 18 månader på gamla franska fat.

Tankarna går mot Bordeaux eller kanske snarare Bolgheri för här finns en generös och tät solvarm frukt parallellt med struktur och syra som stadgar upp. Inget kladd här inte. Noter av plommon, söt tobak, örter, en gnutta vått trä och ett uns vanilj. Även blyerts och svarta vinbär som får mig förbryllat att i sinnet (och på flaskan) söka efter en andel cabernet sauvignon, som alltså inte existerar i det här glaset. Toppas med silkiga men distinkta tanniner. Finurligt bygge med hög energi och bra balans mellan beståndsdelarna.

Gärna mer sånt här från Chile, håller ett öga både på producenten och movichile framöver!
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#garagewineco #derekmossmanknapp #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #maulevalley #chileanwine #winesofchile #vinosdechile #cabernetfranc #terroir #vinvivant #naturalwine #vinnaturel #wine #redwine #vinparaden #handpickedwine
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Cutting Cab Franc today in the Maule #gwcocabfranc #gwcolately #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Cutting Cab Franc today in the Maule #gwcocabfranc #gwcolately #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Sacando cierpes y desbrotando / cleaning up lower shoots #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #showuswhatsbehindyourleaves #gwcoatworkinthefieldslately

Sacando cierpes y desbrotando / cleaning up lower shoots #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #showuswhatsbehindyourleaves #gwcoatworkinthefieldslately ...

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Desbrotando #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Landing in #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Landing in #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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#gwcolashiguerasvineyard #showuswhatsbehindyourleaves #showuswhoisbehindyourleaves : Monchi

#gwcolashiguerasvineyard #showuswhatsbehindyourleaves #showuswhoisbehindyourleaves : Monchi ...

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Visita ilustre de Pic Saint Loup @kmullerb #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Visita ilustre de Pic Saint Loup @kmullerb #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Desbrote en Las Higueras #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #showuswhoisbehindyourleaves : Monchi

Desbrote en Las Higueras #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #showuswhoisbehindyourleaves : Monchi ...

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Ever serious and reverent @singleferments #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #showuswhatsbehindyourleaves

Ever serious and reverent @singleferments #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #showuswhatsbehindyourleaves ...

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Sacando sierpes desbrotando CF #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Sacando sierpes desbrotando CF #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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#showuswhatsbehindyourleaves #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

#showuswhatsbehindyourleaves #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Muy boni #gwcocabfranc #gwcolately #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

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Clucks ‘n squeaks #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Clucks ‘n squeaks #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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No matter how beautiful the vineyard, no matter how terrific the fruit, some dufus will always place a bag of azufre on the end. #gwcocabfranc  #gwcolately #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

No matter how beautiful the vineyard, no matter how terrific the fruit, some dufus will always place a bag of azufre on the end. #gwcocabfranc #gwcolately #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Hard work breaking up the earth between the vines but someone has to do it. The band from Sauzal (where vineyards are still worked the old way) invited today to remind the locals living nearby Las Higueras how things used to be done. #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcofieldworks

Hard work breaking up the earth between the vines but someone has to do it. The band from Sauzal (where vineyards are still worked the old way) invited today to remind the locals living nearby Las Higueras how things used to be done. #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcofieldworks ...

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Cutting Cab Franc today in the Maule #gwcocabfranc #gwcolately #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Cutting Cab Franc today in the Maule #gwcocabfranc #gwcolately #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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A little cleanup of sierpes (sierpentes) by Mr Lagos #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcopoda2018

A little cleanup of sierpes (sierpentes) by Mr Lagos #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcopoda2018 ...

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Lots of work ahead #gwcolashigueras #gwcopoda2018 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Lots of work ahead #gwcolashigueras #gwcopoda2018 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Desbrotando en #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #showuswhatsbehindyourleaves

Desbrotando en #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #showuswhatsbehindyourleaves ...

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Hatchet job #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoatworkinthefieldslately #showuswhoisbehindyourleaves

Hatchet job #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoatworkinthefieldslately #showuswhoisbehindyourleaves ...

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Early morning work with la Bestia — making the Cameon narrower. Score we begin to picar #gwcolashigueras #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Early morning work with la Bestia — making the Cameon narrower. Score we begin to picar #gwcolashigueras #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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Cutting Cab Franc today in the Maule #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2017

Cutting Cab Franc today in the Maule #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2017 ...

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Back to work on the fields lately #gwcolashigueras #gwcopoda2018 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard

Back to work on the fields lately #gwcolashigueras #gwcopoda2018 #gwcolashiguerasvineyard ...

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#gwcolashiguerasvineyard #showuswhatsbehindyourleaves #showuswhoisbehindyourleaves

#gwcolashiguerasvineyard #showuswhatsbehindyourleaves #showuswhoisbehindyourleaves ...

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And that's a wrap -- #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcocabfranc

And that's a wrap -- #gwcolashiguerasvineyard #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcocabfranc ...

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