Isidore Vineyard
Semillon
2o18 – F1

Fermented naturally in amphora. Seeds were removed when they floated to the surface but skins remained in the juice for eleven months. This wine is a tribute to the resilience of the Semillon Variety in the Maule—forgotten and neglected for decades. 

Clay Amphora & Tank

1300  bottles filled   *Fieldcraft Bottling

Acidity  (g/l) 7,13
pH 3,15
Residual Sugar (g / l) 1,22
Alcohol (% vol) 13.5

 

The Vineyard:

– 65+  yrs old
– 1 hectare
– decomposed granite
– old-bush head vines some cables mixed with Sauv Blanc
-Harvested manually with our GWCo crew painstakingly separating Sauvignon B. in the field
– 1 – 1,3 kg per plant / < 3,ooo kgs per hectare

Vintage Characteristics:

  • 2018 was an ideal vintage in many respects.
  • Beyond the weather and rains each harvest has other factors to weigh in.
  • In 2018 we had a full posse of people working with us that allowed us to prune, pick (or what have you) at our speed with our people. 2018 is the first year that this effect of community will be felt in the wines.

In a Nutshell

-ancestral farming by hand and horse, with traditional methods of the Secano Interior
-naturally fermented with native yeasts on skins for 11 months
-fermented and aged in amphora (tinaja) over a single winter

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.

It was fermented naturally in amphora. Seeds were removed when they floated to the surface and skins remained in the juice for eleven months. This wine is a tribute to the resilience of the Semillon Variety in the Maule. It was the first Fieldcraft Wine that we made from a specific parcel so we made it Lot # F1

 

T a s t i n g   N o t e s

 House note:

Light blonde in color this wine smells of lemon, candle wax and bee pollen. In the mouth, lemon juice, candied lemon peel and a touch of bee pollen mixed with white flowers and honey (but without sweetness). Faint chalky texture and great acidity make this a mouthwatering package. Tasty and with time in the glass: vast. A portion of the wine sits on its skins for 11 months, but without oxygen for it is austere. 13.5% alcohol.

Ageability

This wine is made with skins, but very tightly wrapped without much oxygen. It has some serious phenolics. This is a white to age. We are going to put bottles away for a 2028 library release.

Best drinking

 2020-2030 (RP 2020-2026)

Tasting notes Critical reviews

Roberto Parker – The Wine Advocate Luis Gutierez 28 Feb 2020
2018 Garage Wine Co. • Isidore Vineyard Maule Valley Semillon 94 pts
Release price 45 usd Drink date 2020-2026
A new “proper” white here, the 2018 Isidore Vineyard Maule Valley Semillon could very well be the finest Semillon I’ve ever had from Chile. It comes from a vineyard between Cauquenes and Sauzal that the González family farms by hand and horse. In the field, it’s mixed with Sauvignon Blanc that was separated and sent to the local cooperative. Sixty percent of the volume fermented with skins in amphorae (tinaja) and the rest in tanks, all with native yeasts. The two parts matured separately for 11 months, and the part in amphorae went through malolactic, while the portion in stainless steel did not. It’s all wild flowers and herbs and smells of the wild countryside in the spring, with intoxicating notes of pollen and beeswax. You don’t really notice the skins of the amphorae; it’s just a little darker, but that’s all. It’s amazingly tasty, almost salty, a white for food that should develop nicely in bottle. This has 13.8% alcohol, high acidity and low pH, the wonders of decomposed granite soil and ancestral farming… 1,300 bottles were filled in January 2019.

Tim Atkin MW
Isidore Vineyard Semillon Fieldcraft 2018 Maule Valley  – Lot # F1 – 92 Pts
A 100-year-old parcel supplies the fruit for this impressive Semillón, which spends 11 months on skins and is partly fermented in clay pots, or tinajas. Fresh, textured and assertive, it has some subtle reduction, lime and citrus fruit and some tannic grip. 2020-24

Descorchados 2020 Patricio Tapia
Isidore Vineyard Semillon Fieldcraft 2018 Maule Valley  – Lot # F1 – 92 Pts
Este semillón viene de un viñedo viejo, en la zona de Sauzal. La mitad fue fermentada y criada en acero inoxidable y la otra, en tinajas de greda nuevas, con sus pieles, por 11 meses. El resultado es un vino muy fresco, con una acidez jugosa y taninos provenientes de esa maceración con las pieles y que le dan un agarre importante, pero sin exagerar. Este no es otro vino naranja imposible de beber, es un semillón de muy buen cuerpo para cerdo ahumado.

Pictures of this vineyard taken over the past few years:

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Don Alonso receiving fruit #gwcoharvest2020
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Don Alonso receiving fruit #gwcoharvest2020
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Out come some of the skins of a multipart small lot Semillon #gwcoisidorevineyard #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcowinery #gwcofieldworks

Out come some of the skins of a multipart small lot Semillon #gwcoisidorevineyard #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcowinery #gwcofieldworks ...

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Morning light on Semillon skins #gwcosemillon #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoisidorevineyard #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcowinery

Morning light on Semillon skins #gwcosemillon #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoisidorevineyard #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcowinery ...

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Orujos de Oro Originario #gwcosemillon #gwcoisidorevineyard #gwcowinery #gwcoharvest2020 #gwcofieldcraft

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Isidore Vineyard Semillon is almost ready to pick. Get your motors running. Isidore Vineyard esta pero chupete — está acercando el momento. #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoisidorevineyard #gwcosemillon #gwcofieldcraftbottlings

Isidore Vineyard Semillon is almost ready to pick. Get your motors running. Isidore Vineyard esta pero chupete — está acercando el momento. #gwcofieldcraft #gwcoisidorevineyard #gwcosemillon #gwcofieldcraftbottlings ...

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A work party in the Secano Isidore Vineyard Semillon #gwcoharvest2020
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A work party in the Secano Isidore Vineyard Semillon #gwcoharvest2020
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