2018 Garage Wine Pais

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2018 Garage Wine Pais

Pais, or Mission, or Pipeño, is a grape brought to the new world by the Conquistadores. There is recorded history of Pais being planted in Portezuelo 215 years before Cabernet Sauvignon was first recorded in Bordeaux. Hence the "215 BC" on the label, BC= Before Cabernet. The wine is super fresh and clean and also soft, floral, with elegance and finesse. The quality of the tannins is superb. Chill it down for delicious results. 

  • Ancestral farming by hand and horse
  • Naturally fermented with native yeasts
  • Open top fermenters. Caps were punched down by hand. Pressing manual.
  • No temp control (besides opening closing windows) open tank, no nada
  • Pinch of sulfites after Malolactic
  • The second fruit in the ferment was added when it is ready on top of the tank already fermenting. One continuous ferment.

"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

The name of this wine— 2015 BC— refers to the number of years that País was being made into wine beforte anyone in Chile had even heard of Cabernet Sauvignon. (There was a bodega making Pais in Portezuelo in 1548.) The name came to them during a talk in London at the Imbibe Live Seminar: “Chile Before Cabernet”.

About this bottle: For years they watched as the small farmers with whom they produce the parcel wines were forced to accept prices fixed [illegally] by agro-giants far below their costs for working the earth; they created their single-ferment series, a more-affordably priced series of wines, as a dignified means of getting more of their small growers' wonderful fruit made into wine for export. Unlike the parcel-specific wines, the wines in this series include fruit from more than one parcel or vineyard site and are (co-fermented) ¨in one single ferment.¨ Sometimes all the fruit does not enter the tank at same time and they simply stack on top of the fermenting tank when the next fruit is ripe.

The fruit was fermented naturally; caps were punched down by hand and pressing was strictly manual. The wine was aged in neutral oak over one winter, and then bottled in recycled glass. Unfined and unfiltered.

92 points
"The 2018 País 215 BC Ferment is part of the Single Ferment Series, meaning the wine is produced with fruit from different vineyards (three vineyards and different zones in this case, mostly in Cauquenes, crossing into Empedrado) fermented together, and the 215 BC means the País grape was there 215 years before Cabernet. They decided to develop this series to be able to sell an affordable wine but still pay the growers a decent price for their grapes. The second and third batches of fruit were added when they were ready and put on top of the tank already fermenting. One continuous ferment."
Luis Gutiérrez,
Wine Advocate
, February 2020