- Cabernet Franc
- Residual Sugar: 1.3 g/l
- Medium Bodied
- 13% 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.
There's a long explanation about what happened to Las Higueras, a Cabernet Franc vineyard in Maule that produced the 2018 Las Higueras Vineyard, which they consider part of the transition from a relatively tannic Chilean Cabernet Franc to something more elegant and graceful with less extraction and more tension. These transition vintages include the wines from 2017 to 2020. This 2018 has only 13% alcohol and notable freshness and is aromatic, subtle, elegant and fresh and feels like their best effort yet. They have produced Las Higueras since 2013 from a corner of a larger eight-hectare vineyard of 120-year-old Cabernet Franc that they have returned to their natural state in nature—i.e., old bush-head vines! Old bush-head vine Cabernet Franc. They aptly (and boldly) described it as "a statesmen, with manners and dress from a bygone era, that shines amongst the younger set." 5,975 bottles were filled in January 2019. 2018 and 2019 are lots #102 and #112, respectively.
The 2018 vintage of Las Higueras marks a major shift in the style of this wine that Garage has been producing since 2013, when they found this vineyard planted more than 100 years ago on alluvial soils in Maule. Compared to its previous versions, this franc is much fresher and fruitier, with less concentrated body, but with lots more refreshing and vibrant red fruit. Although it was closer to a burgundy in the past, this franc now looks more towards the Loire. A nervy, crunchy red. It was fermented with its stalks and the extractions were much gentler in order to achieve this type of style.