- Residual Sugar: 1.4 g/l
- Medium Bodied
- 13.5% alc./vol
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.
Grown on the weathered granite soils of the Coastal Range in Truquilemu, this 100% syrah from young vineyards has all the character of the local reds—especially Mediterranean varieties such as carignan or this syrah—with their firm acidity, their tense, wild tannins, and the influence of the sea (about 30 kilometers away) doing its thing in a hard, vertical wine. One to cellar for at least five years.
The 2019 Truquilemu Vineyard Syrah feels a little riper than the 2018—I guess the Syrah is more sensitive to heat than the Cariñena. This is lot #108, produced with grapes from young vines that fermented with some 20% full clusters and indigenous yeasts and matured like all the single-vineyard wines from Garage, over two winters in well-seasoned, neutral French oak barrels. It has darker fruit, 14.2% alcohol and still a vibrant palate with smacking acidity and grainy tannins. 1,586 bottles were filled in January 2021.