# 23 Mountain Cabernet – 2009 (released Nov 2010)

For those of you who have been following along as smitten as are we with the fruit from San Juan de Pirque (remember #14, # 16 and # 18) you are certainly going to like this year’s mountain grown Cab. This is the same fruit from the Upper Maipo above San Juan de Pirque at…

# 21 Cabernet Franc – 2009 Maipo Alto Released – Nov 2010

We began working with Cabernet Franc fruit as an element for the Cab blend we make– and it grew on us. We began working in Pirque where an ancient river bed of the Claro River passed through where a larger vineyard now sits. The pieces where the river ran through are truly magical earthsto make Cab…

Lot #20 Pinot Noir – 2009 Maipo Alto Released – Nov 2010

Pure Pinot Noir fruit  from San Juan de Pirque single vineyard in the Maipo Alto (muy Alto Maipo at almost 1000 metres). Crafted with open-top fermenters, caps are punched down by hand and pressing is strictly manual. Maceration was relatively short 3-4 days previous to fermentation and 2-3 post. After fermentation it was aged for…

Futures 2009 (offering now closed)

Each Vintage Garage Wine Co. offers wine “Futures” whilst the wines are still in the barrel. These wines are allocated at a special case price and delivered a few months later (in bottle after harvest in July-August). This year there are barrels of Mountain Cabernet from the Maipo Alto from both Principal and San Juan…

Inspecting fruit in Maipo

We have been out on various occasions to inspect a Cabernet in the Upper Maipo and believe we have found a new high-end mountain Cab fruit to work with. The bonus is seems is that there is a Cabernet Franc worth working with as well. This fruit is closer to the river Maipo with a…

Vintage 2009 beginning– Pinot from Leyda

The 2009 vintage has begun with the cutting and crushing of 500 kgs of Pinot from Leyda. The strict technical specs will be known soon but the fruit is macerating and is looking good. The bunches were small [tiny] with concentrated fruit and lots of flavour. Leyda has changed  a great deal over the past…

What chemistry

What chemistry, we are often asked, transpires in the bosom of our barrels where the wines slumber for a year before bottling. In truth we cannot precisely say. It is a matter of history of course that wine is better crafted in small lots with care and attention, but why then are there so few…