Garage Wine Company Truquilemu Carignan Field Blend Lot 107 2019

Type: Red
Country: Chile
Region: Truquilemu and Maula
Grape Variety: Carignan Field Blend
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Ratings: 97 Robert Parker Points

Climate: Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters
Terroir: Grapes are produced from the old vines on the Coastal Range mountains where the soils have lots of quartz, full of crystals on decomposed granite with silty and sandy texture
Winemaking: Naturally fermented with native yeasts. Conical-shaped lagar fermenters. Caps punched down by hand (lightly). Whole bunches layered in the fermenter. Co-fermented Cariñena & Syrah (approximately 4%) * 1st addition of sulfites only after malolactic that finished a full 10 months after harvest with next summer´s heat in February. The small pieces of the vineyard fermented separately are maintained separately with individual barrel racking. Thus, permutations in soil, fermentation, and winemaking are compared and contrasted over almost two years of elevage before bottling

Color: Intense red
Nose: Characterful, floral, subtle and elegant driven by florality & finesse
Palate: Very fine-grained, young chalky tannins and Truqui texture

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.