Garage Wine Co. Chilean Cabernet Sauvignons // Set of 4
Garage Wine Co. began quite literally in Derek Mossman and his wife Pilar Miranda's garage in 2001. After half a dozen vintages making wine for an informal market of family and friends, the firm was featured in Chile’s El Mercurio newspaper in an article dedicated to the growing grassroots movement of small wine. The firm was referred to as “that Garage Wine Company” and it was too late to change the name, and time to forge an enterprise.
GWCo makes about a dozen different single vineyard wines per year that include mountain grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from Maipo. Each wine is from a different place: Caliboro, Sauzal, Truquilemu, Portezuelo – a separate parcel of 1-2 hectares belonging to a small farmer who works with horse and plough as his family has done pretty much since colonial times. The wines are about place not varietal, nor consumer.
Grapes are trucked to harvest in a trailer behind Derek Mossman's trusty pickup, about 2,000 kilos at a time. Winemaking here veers towards the "natural" spectrum. All wines fermented with native yeast, see no additions of any kind, very little new wood, and are low in sulfites. Punch downs are by hand, and pressing is done in a small traditional basket. You may notice slight variation in bottle thickness and shape if you were to open up cases, as Derek Mossman takes recycling to the next level and actually reuses old bottles— bottling in salvaged, used wine bottles in partnership with a recycling company located near the winery. Derek is also the founder of M.O.V.I. (Movimiento de Viñateros Independientes), Chile's exciting, fast-growing association of independent vintners.
The 2016 Garage Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 74 hails from the Renacido Vineyard, a dry farmed site in the Maule, and one that pushes the limits in terms of latitude for Cabernet Sauvignon.
"I enjoyed the texture of the 2016 Renacido Vineyard, perhaps a little less elegant but with great character. I looked at my note from the previous year and was very surprised to read that I commented on the texture then as well. I often associate minerality with texture (and/or vice versa), so this has to be an expression of the soil here, an expression of granite. Because it’s Cabernet Sauvignon… 5,000 bottles were filled in November 2017."
— 94 Points, Wine Advocate
The 2016 Garage Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 81 is from San Juan de Pirque, a single vineyard in the Alto Maipo Valley. At 3,200 feet above the sea, this vineyard is a rare example of Chilean “mountain” Cabernet Sauvignon. The use of native yeast and neutral barrels keeps things naked and transparent. It is rare to experience Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon of this quality without added “makeup"!
“The 2016 San Juan de Pirque Vineyard is a blend of 14 barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon and one single barrel of Cabernet Franc from their Pirque vineyard in Maipo at 946 meters altitude. It follows the general approach here and was naturally fermented with native yeasts in open top fermenters with the caps punched down by hand. It aged in third use barrels over two winters. It has some sweet sensations in the nose, a little lactic hint, with herbs and spices, very Maipo, with the stones but without the mint.” Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
— 93 Points, Wine Advocate
— Set Of 4 Bottles: 2 Bottles Of 2016 Renacido Vineyard & 2 Bottles Of 2016 San Juan De Pirque Vineyard
— 750ml Each
2016 Garage Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 74, Renacido Vineyard
— 94 Points, Wine Advocate
— Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
— Appellation: Maule, Chile
— Barrel Regime: Barrel Aged In Neutral Oak Over One Winter And Then Bottled In Recycled Glass.
— Unfined And Unfiltered
— Alcohol: 14.1%
— Production: 500 Cases
2016 Garage Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon, Lot 81, San Juan De Pirque Vineyard
— 93 Points, Wine Advocate
— Blend: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc
— Appellation: Maipo Alto, Chile
— Barrel Regime: Barrel Aged Over Two Winters In French Barrels Of Various Cooperages With Two Or More Uses
— Alcohol: 14%
— Production: 330 Cases
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