The Wine Advocate 94
"Always a noteworthy example in the Vigno association, the 2015 Vigno from Garage Wine Co. is one of their 11 single-vineyard bottlings. It's produced from eight barrels of Carignan and one of Mataró (Monastrell) with traces of País from an old field blend in one of the freshest corners of the Maule "secano interior" in Truquilemu (the other two are Huerta de Maule and the coastal part of Cauquenes, in Pilén). There is a faint animal touch of leather and cured meat and a rustic twist of tree bark and earth. The palate is serious and has an austere texture provided by the granite soils; this could be lighter and fresher. This is the same base as the Lot #67, as this comes from their largest vineyard. 2,315 bottles were filled in December 2016." ~ LG
Vigno is an “appellation” that MOVI members created several years ago to classify traditionally-made, naturally-farmed Carignan-based field blends. The fruit for this wine—primarily 70-year-old Carignan, with Garnacha and Mataró—comes from Truquilemu, a site in what most consider to be the “freshest” corner of the Maule in Chile's Coastal Range, a much older mountain range than the Andes, and slower to cool. The sub-soils here lie atop granite bedrock. These vineyards are dry-farmed, and all work is done by hand and by horse.
A portion of the grapes were lightly foot trodden rather than crushed/destemmed, providing floral lift and added tannin. Fermentation took place in open-top fermenters, with manual punch-downs; barreled in neutral oak for two winters, and bottled in recycled bottles. 275 cases produced.
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"The Garage Wine Co. literally began in Derek Mossman's garage with just eight barrels and is his project together with his wife Pilar Miranda and a friend, Alvaro Pena. Mossman, a native Canadian, is one of the founding members of MOVI, the association of independent winegrowers. They source Cabernet from Maipo and Carignan from Maule. The wines are vinified in 1,500 to 2,000-liter vats using native yeasts and are said to be bottled in recycled bottles. One of the most impressive new names in Chile. I found the wines intellectually enriching and want to understand them better." --Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate #213
Derek Mossman and his wife Pilar Miranda are producing 1,500 cases of Carignan, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir per year 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, 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 Vinateros Independientes), Chile's exciting, fast-growing association of independent vintners.