Garage Wine Co. Syrah Lot 84

Garage Wine Co. Syrah

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • This wine is grown on the Truquilemu vineyard that is across the creek from their Cariñena vineyard.
  • The soils are sandy/granite and cracked decomposed granite bedrock.

Varietal Composition: 100% Syrah

Elaboration: Fermented naturally with native yeast. The caps were punched down by hand and pressing was strictly manual. Lignified stems were reintroduced after crushing. The wine was barreled in neutral oak over two winters. Best drinking 2021-2030, but is approachable today.

Tasting Notes: Taut, tangy and refreshing, with plenty of freshness and minerality, this is a tight, stony, black- fruited number with top notes of fennel and thyme, a hint of bacon and long, focused finish.

PRESS

2019 – 93 Wine Advocate

2018 – 94 Wine Advocate

2017 – 92 Wine Advocate

PRODUCER BACKGROUND

Derek Mossman, his wife Pilar Miranda, and Dr. Alvaro Peña are producing 1,500 cases total per year of old-vine Carignan, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, with fruit sourced from small growers in Maule and Maipo.

Winemaking here veers towards the “natural” spectrum – all wines are fermented with native yeast, see no additions of any kind, very little new wood, and are low in sulfites. Punch downs are by hand, and pressing is done in a small traditional basket. You may notice slight variation in bottle thickness and shape if you were to open up cases, as Derek Mossman takes recycling to the next level and actually reuses old bottles, bottling in salvaged, used wine bottles in partnership with a recycling company located near the winery. Derek is also the founder of M.O.V.I. (Movimiento de Viñateros Independientes), Chile’s exciting, fast-growing association of independent vintners.

Print review Shelf Talker (2018 – 94 Wine Advocate)