Garage Wine Company Cinsault Single Ferment Series 2020

Type: Red
Country: Chile
Region: Sauzal and Truquilemu
Grape Variety: 100% Cinsault
Viticulture: Certified Organic

Climate: Sauzal: The summers are comfortable and arid; the winters are long, cool, and dry; windy and mostly clear year round. Truquilemu: Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters
Terroir: This Cinsault comes from vines planted 60 years ago on the granitic soils of Guarilihue, the more coastal area of the Itata
Winemaking: Garage Wine Co. follows a natural winemaking philosophy, working with minimal intervention to allow the grapes to express their true character. The Single Ferment Series wines include fruit from more than one parcel or vineyard site and are (co-fermented) ¨in one singular ferment ¨. All of the fruit does not enter the tank at the same time. When each vineyard is ready, we simply stack on top of the fermenting tank already fermenting — one single ferment

Color: Beautiful red
Nose: Aromas of dark plums, wet earth, cedar, baking spices
Palate: Light and lively with airy, completely soft tannins and a mild fruit acidity, which beautifully balances the mild fruit sweetness

About the Winery:
Garage Wine was literally started in a garage in 2001, by Etobicoke expat Derek Mossman and his wife Pilar Miranda. Since then, the dynamic duo handcrafted wines from a series of individual vineyards located in the Maule and Itata Valleys, in the south of Santiago, Chile.

Garage Wine Co makes wines from a series of individual parcels, small lots/bottlings of 8-22 barrels that include a series of dry-farmed field blends of Carignan, Garnacha, Monastrell, País, Cinsault and Cab Franc grown on pre-phylloxera rootstock with small farmers in the Maule and Itata. Each wine is from a 1-2 hectare parcel in a different place.

Over the years working in the community they have raised a veritable posse of vineyard hands whose skills are working the vineyards the old way / the traditional way– originario. The vineyards are on the old coastal range of mountains closer to the Pacific and have granitic soils with cracks for roots to get deep down into.

Derek and Pilar think the farming practices that have evolved over generations have as much to do with the wines’ personalities as the soils. All the wines are made by hand with native yeasts in small tanks, punched down manually and pressed out in a small basket press. The Garage Wine Company is still very much a DIY operation and we still tow much of the crop back to the winery in trailers behind trusty pickup trucks 2,000 kilos at a time.