Garage Wine Co Semillón Isidore Vineyard F3 2020
  • Sémillon
  • Dry
  • Residual Sugar: 2.2 g/l
  • Medium Bodied
  • 750ml
  • 13.5% alc./vol

Garage Wine Co Semillón Isidore Vineyard F3 2020

Valle del Maule, Chile
Regular price $51.95per bottle ($311.70per case)
6 bottles per case

Waxy & Citrusy

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Garage Wine Co was literally started in a garage in 2001, by Etobicoke expat Derek Mossman and his wife Pilar Miranda. Since then, the dynamic duo have chosen to revive old vineyards in marginalized Chilean communities. They work mostly in the regions of Maule and Itata where they make highly coveted wines.

Fermented naturally in amphora, the juice remained on the skins for eleven months. This wine is a tribute to the resilience of the Semillon Variety in the Maule - forgotten and neglected for decades. Light blonde in colour this wine smells of lemon, candle wax and bee pollen. In the mouth, lemon juice, candied lemon peel and a touch of bee pollen mixed with white flowers and honey (but without sweetness). Faint chalky texture and great acidity make this a mouthwatering package.

This Semillon can be a great companion for seafood, especially shellfish; as well as for white meats such as chicken and game birds.

About the Winery

Garage Wine Co.

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 handcraft 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.

When GWCo. speaks of the provenance of these wines they mean more than just the geological terroir. 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. GWCo 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.

Press Reviews

Robert Parker

93 points

The flinty and faintly reductive 2020 Isidore Vineyard Maule Valley Semillon is part of what they call Fieldcraft Bottlings, "wines we make when we see an old vineyard that screams of potential but does not 'fit' into the modern wine trade: too small to fill a truck, too far away from a paved road, too narrow to be worked with a tractor. . ." Mossman explained a bit more, "As mainstream wants the small modernize ‘like everybody else’: spray instead of cultivate, scale instead of focus, above all reduce the cost of labour—it’s the labor that unlocks the flavor of the wisdom of farming passed down through the ages. We call this wisdom: fieldcraft." I was blown away by the 2018, the first vintage of this wine, and the 2019 and 2020 are brilliant too and seem to have different personalities. This is a little rounder and softer, obviously younger and less developed. When I asked him about the vineyard, he said, "uncertified organic for 60+ years." Amen. 2,671 bottles were filled in January 2020.


93 points

This semillon comes from an old vineyard of about a hectare planted about 65 years ago on decomposed granite (maicillo, as it's known in Chile) in the Sauzal zone, in the heart of the dry-farmed secano in Maule. The wine is fermented in amphorae and then aged in those same vessels and in used barrels for a year. Be patient, because this white takes time to reveal its aromas in the glass, but when it does, the herbal aromas and honey tones steal the show. The palate is succulent, although moderated by tense and linear acidity at the same time. One of those whites that you'll want to open in 10 years or more.