Carignan Portezuelo Itata #58


This wine was grown by a small farmer in Itata. It was farmed by hand and horse with traditional methods of dry-farming old vines with vines of Cinsault in the field-blend. Fermented naturally in small open-top tanks ; caps were punched down by hand and pressing was strictly manual. The wine was aged in barrels of two or more uses over two winters.

This wine is a tribute to the resilience of the ploughmen farmers of the Secano Interior who have been stewards of the vines since colonial times. Portezuelo was the site of the first winery in Chile. The 58th wine Garage Wine Co. has bottled since 2001, it is thus labelled Lot # 58.

93 points
"...a Cariñena field blend planted in the early 1940s with some Cinsault from the Lavin family in Itata. The vineyard is on the initial slopes of the Coastal Range and enjoys shade early in the afternoon due to its exposure facing east. It compensated for the relative warmer temperatures from Portezuelo. Some people dismiss it because it’s a warm place, but it really keeps the freshness. It’s more Mediterranean with notes of dried herbs and spices, quite balsamic. The palate has the austerity and tastiness of the granite. 2,170 bottles were filled in December 2015."
Luis Gutiérrez,
Wine Advocate

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