Wine Advocate 92
"The name of the País bottling changes with each vintage, and the one from 2017 is the 2017 País 215 BC Ferment, which refers to the time País arrived "before Cabernet" (215 years before!). 2017 was the year of the terrible fires in Chile, and many vineyards were affected; in many cases, the vineyards acted as fire breaks with their greenness. In this case, the grapes were too green when the fire occurred, and as a result, there are no traces of smoke here. The wines in the Ferment series are co-fermentations of grapes from different vineyards, and the vineyards that were used for this wine are different—both are from Portezuelo and were harvested earlier because of the heat of the year and the fires. The wine is super fresh and clean and is also softer, more floral, less rustic and with more finesse than the 2015 I tasted next to it. The quality of the tannins is superb. 7,872 bottles were filled in December 2017." ~ LG
Sourced from the Secano Interior DO in Maule Valley, the fruit was fermented naturally; caps were punched down by hand and pressing was strictly manual. The wine was aged in neutral oak over two winters, and then bottled in recycled glass. Unfined and unfiltered.
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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.