Garage Wine Co Lot 47 Old Vine Carignan
Some wines are so much more than the sum of their flavours. Sure, this is packed with layers of captivating blueberry and bramble fruit wrapped in muscular tannins and rustic charm. But it’s impossible to enjoy with grilled meat without thinking of Don Nivaldo hand harvesting and producing this in his home.
This wine was grown by a small farmer in the Maule. It was farmed by hand and horse with traditional methods of dry-farming 70+ year old vines with vines.
The nose is floral, elegant and subtle, a little closed at first, becoming deeper and more nuanced with time in the glass.
The palate shows great, citric freshness with a thread of fine acidity going through its backbone with lovely depth of sweet purple fruit and very ripe tannins.
As the flavours rumble on, it hints at a darker Dr Jekyll side to the fruit. Simply delicious.
This wine is a tribute to the resilience of the ploughmen farmers of the Maule who have been stewards of the vines since colonial times.
Awards: 94 pts James Suckling, 94 pts Drink 2015 – 2023
Storage Instructions: Best stored in a cool dark place.
Serving Recommendation: Best served at room temperature.
Country of origin: Chile
Alcohol Content: 14.5% Vol
Brand: Garage Wine
Type: Red Wine
Dominant Varietal: Carignan
Region Produced: Maule Valley
Varietal Composition: Carignan 100%
The Garage Wine Co. does everything on an artisan scale: tiny vats, wild yeasts, hand pumping, hand bottling in reused glass with handpainted labels.
The company was one of the founders of the incredibly exciting MOVI group which has brought together boutique wineries from across the country in an attempt to subvert the general perception that Chile is the home of Big Wineries and precious little else.