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Garage Wine Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2013

Garage Wine Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2013

750ML     le Ends 
Sku: 050422

Lot#27 Carignan was grown by small farmers in the Maule, farmed by hand and horse with traditional method of dry-farming 70+ year old vine of carignan--with a few vines of grenache in the field blend. It was fermented naturally in open-top fermenters with a little help from hot water bottles through some cold harvest nights. Caps were punched down by hand and pressing was strictly manual. The wine was barreled in neutral oak over two winters and then bottled in previously used champagne bottles. This wine is a tribute to the resiliency of the ploughman of the Maule, its having been harvest on the heels of the 2010 Earthquake.

“In the far west ‘near the beach.’ A total of 3,000 bottles made. Dry farmed. In recycled special wine bottles. Full and rich and with real palate breadth. Zesty – this should really sell! Black fruit and no excesses!” 16.5 – Jancis Robinson,, 6/21/2011 “The 2010 Carignan (91%) – Grenache (9%) sports an intriguing nose of exotic spices, black plum, black cherry, underbrush, and earthy minerals. This is followed by a plush, succulent, pleasure-bent wine that is more structured than its peers. Give it 5-6 years to reveal its full potential and drink it from 2016 to 2025.” – 92 points WA. #199. Feb 2012

Technical notes
“90% Carignan, 10% Grenache. Sourced from 80 year old bush head vines from three sites, Caliboro, Sauzal, and Cauquenes. Derek works closely with these small farmers, plowing everything by horse. Visiting the Maule is like stepping back in time, many of these Carignan farmers are still making their own “home” wine in clay amorphae. Root systems are very deep (6-7 meters), which seems to be the only way Carignan gains complexity down there (deep roots from decades of time). 2010 saw relatively warm temperatures, and while quirky for Chile it is still very much a crowd pleaser. Mossman won the 2010 Geoffrey Roberts Travel Award to work with farmers to protect these vines in the chaos that followed the earthquake (Alice Feiring was the Geoffrey Roberts runner up that year). “

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Country: Chile
Region: Maule
Grape Varietal: Carignane
Type: Still wine
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