Cinsault 2017
Single Ferment Series
Secano Interior – Portezuelo
Reset Ferment

“This is definitely more serious than previous editions, possibly a result of the severe selection to avoid smoke. It comes from two vineyards, one in Portezuelo (where the berries are very small) and the other one in the vicinity of Guarilihue. There is an aromatic touch here and a light to medium palate with very fine tannins.” – LG

 10 Barrels Cinsault
2907 bottles filled

Acidity  (g / l) 5,03
pH 3,5
Residual Sugar (g / l) 1,69
Alcohol (% vol) 13,3

 

In a Nutshell:

  • Single Ferment Series wines include fruit from more than one parcel or vineyard site and are (co-fermented) ¨in one singular ferment ¨ Sometimes all the fruit does not enter the tank at same time and we simply stack on top of the fermenting tank when the next fruit is ripe — one single ferment one single wine. (two vineyard sites in Portezuelo and Guarilihue)
  • For years we watched as the small farmers with whom we grow the parcel wines were forced to accept prices fixed [illegally] by agro-giants far below their costs for working the earth. So we developed Single Ferments as a dignified means of getting more of their wonderful fruit made into wine for export. The wines are affordable yet we still manage to pay a bonafide price to the farmers.

 

Winemaking:

  • Ancestral farming by hand and horse
  • Naturally fermented with native yeasts
  • Open top fermenters. Caps were punched down by hand. Pressing manual.
  • No temp control (besides opening closing windows) open tank, no nada
  • Pinch of sulfites after Malolactic that normally finishes a full 7 months after harvest with next summer´s heat

C r i t i c s  N o t e s

 

Descorchados 2018 Patricio Tapia
Cinsault 2017 Single Ferment Secano Interior Portezuelo – Reset Ferment – 93 Pts
Sirvan este país bien fresco, para apagar la sed y aprovechar sus deliciosos sabores frutales y terrosos. Patricio Tapia

 

Wine Advocate Robert Parker , #239  Oct 2018
Cinsault 2017 Single Ferment Secano Interior Portezuelo – Reset Ferment – 92 Pts
The 2017 Single Ferment Series Cinsault has an addition to its name on the label, The Reset Ferment, which is a reference to a reset after the terrible fires from the year. This is definitely more serious than previous editions, possibly a result of the severe selection to avoid smoke. It comes from two vineyards, one in Portezuelo (where the berries are very small) and the other one in the vicinity of Guarilihue. There is an aromatic touch here and a light to medium palate with very fine tannins. 3,543 bottles were filled in February 2018.

 

Notes on Previous Vintages from this parcel

Descorchados 2017 Patricio Tapia
Cinsault 2016 Single Ferment Secano Interior Portezuelo – La Vidente Ferment – 93 Pts

“Algunos actores en la industria – me cuenta Mossman- han utilizado el argumento neo-liberal de la oferta y la demanda para pagar un precio no muchas veces justo por fruta deliciosa. Es como robar y dejar una propina. Los vinos Single Ferment Series son nuestra respuesta a esa situación. Al contrario de nuestros vinos de viñedos, Single Ferment Series contienen fruta de más de una parcela, co-fermentados. Es nuestra manera de comprar más fruta a un precio que nos parece justo para contribuir a más productores en el secano interior”, añade. Este cinsault viene de 2 parcelas, una en Hauro y la otra en Guarilihüe, ambas en el Valle del Itata. Y la fruta es deliciosa, fresca, viva. Tiene la suavidad de la cepa, pero también la cascada de sabores a frutas rojas. Uno para beberlo por litros.

 

Wine Advocate Robert Parker , #230  Apr 2017
Cinsault 2016 Single Ferment Secano Interior Portezuelo – La Vidente Ferment – 89 Pts
The 2016 Single Ferment Series Cinsault was also available for tasting. In this second year they used more fruit from Guarilihue and less from Portezuelo, and it seems like they didn’t like the change very much. It has some aromas of cotton candy, a little lighter. This is more easy-drinking, but at the same time it has more minerality.

 

Wine Advocate Robert Parker , #230  Apr 2017
Cinsault 2017 Single Ferment Secano Interior Portezuelo – The Soothsayer’s Ferment– 90 Pts
The first Cinsault I tried from Garage is part of a co-fermented series, the 2015 Single Ferment Series Cinsault The Soothsayer’s Ferment, that aged for a single winter in barrel, with each carrying its own name. It’s sold under the D.O. Secano Interior and is sourced from Portezuelo and Guarilihue in Itata. It’s light colored and bright with a nose mixing wild berries and some organic, earthy notes. The palate is light and fresh, with an absence of tannins and a pleasant bitterness in the finish. Compared with the 2016, this is more concentrated and tasty, with more fruit from Portezuelo. A more serious Cinsault from Itata.

 

 

Pictures of this vineyard taken over the past few years:

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Pictures of this vineyard taken over the past few years:

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