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  1. MoTheMan


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Member since December 2007

Real name: derek mossman Knapp
Locale: Caliboro, Maule, Chile
Favorite region: Maule
Dream wine: Barrel # 47 from vintage 2012 - at present slumbering through its first wineter in Caliboro
Founder Garage Wine Co.
Made by hand, in small lots in Chile.

We began Garage Wine Co. with the idea of making wine on a small scale, a personal scale, by hand with the family. It was (and still is) physical work, a therapeutic complement to the hustle and bustle of a new millenium. Few in Chile, back then, knew what a “garagiste” was, nor were they familiar with the gringo tradition of celebrated companies having began “in the garage”. Viñas in Chile were
large affairs, named after saints and owned by clubby families with long Basque names (full of rr’s) who presided over a rather closed circle. We patented the name Garage Wine Company and went to work, quietly but surely, steadfast and content to make wine barrel by barrel then lot by lot. That is where the number on each wine comes from. Today most lots are about a dozen barrels blended.

Today are wines are grown in two places. Most are grown by small farmers in the Maule, farmed by hand and horse with traditional methods of dry-farming 70+ year old vines of mostly Carignan Grenache. We historically produce mountain-grown Cabernet Franc and a Cabernet Sauvignon blend in the Miapo. (High in the Maipo at almost 1ooo metres in San Juan de Pirque)

All wines are fermented naturally in open-top fermenters with a little help from hot water bottles through some cold harvest nights . Caps are punched down by hand and pressing is strictly manual. The wines are barrelled in neutral oak over two winters and then bottled in previously imbibed / used bottles - cleaned and certified.

I am a proud co-founder & director MOVI Movimiento de Viñateros Independientes - Chile and I am a co-founder & Director of VIGNO - Vignadores de Carignan. I work hard with both of these organisations to open the world's mind about Chile's reputation for only producing supermarket wines made by agro-industrial behemoths.

  • 2009 Garage Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon #23

    Rojo capa rey intenso y profundo. Nariz corpulenta, limpia y con fruta roja no del todo madura. Boca intensa y redonda, con gran potencial de guarda. Best Cabernet Magazine "La Cav" June 2011 (and June 2012 with Lot # 30 2010 from the floowing vintage)

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  • 2010 Garage Wine Co. Carignan Lot #27

    The 2010 Carignan (91%) – Grenache (9%) sports an intriguing nose of exotic spices, black plum, black cherry, underbrush, and earthy minerals. This is followed by a plush, succulent, pleasure-bent wine that is more structured than its peers. Give it 5-6 years to reveal its full potential and drink it from 2016 to 2025 -Jay Miller, #199 Feb 2012

    All of the above wines are outstanding values.

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  • 2007 Garage Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon

    Barrel #14 was made from fruit from just about as high in the Andes on the Maipo river foothills as one can get. It was mountain farmed to make a high-calibre big shouldered Cab.

    This was our foray high into the Andes near the banks of the Rio Claro (tributary of the Maipo). It was harvested in early may, was macerated for 11 days on its skins in frio, fermented in open oak barrels on their heads with punch down or pistonage. It was post macerated another 14 days and it grew into a beast of a wine whilst still waiting to be released. It was kept it a full year to take maximum benefit of a wine with the structure to marry and balance with the oak. It is deep garnet in colour, big on fruit yet with an elegance and freshness / acidity that surprises. It carries tannins round, but well honed that will give it the structure to last a few long years in the bottle. It has plenty of old Cabernet cherries, dried cherries plums, a spicey mid-section, a note of honey and of chestnut, and an honest note of balsamic sweet spiciness with long finish. see more from the winemaker :

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