Derek Mossman Knapp is a vineyard hunter extraordinaire. In 2010 he won the Geoffrey Roberts Award that provided a travel grant to research the old Carignan vines of Maule in Chile. His travels led to the discovery of what Derek calls “wild, untamed, uncared for"� vines, many of them damaged by Chile's 2010 earthquake.
Derek has spent the last two years working with local farmers, encouraging them to value their old Carignan vines and helping them to improve their vineyards. Planting densities have been increased, vines have been pruned to encourage quality not quantity, and many old vineyards have been saved. The region's best terroirs have been identified through exhaustive tastings and Carignan grafted onto old Pais vines to provide exciting fruit for future vintages.
Despite the challenges of the earthquake ravaged vintage, Derek has managed to release his first Maule Carignan under the Garage Wine Company label.
Quantities are minuscule. The wine is made in tiny vats; old sparkling wine bottles are reused and filled by hand. The labels' are painted on.
It is an extraordinary wine that has resulted from one man's incredible passion for a forgotten corner of Chile's wine country.
Truquilemu Vineyard is found on the Coastal Range of mountains (much older and slower to cool than the Andes) Soils are granitic and sub-soils have cracked granite that allow roots to get deep into cracks.
This wine is a surprising new world Rosé: complex, with a fantastic natural acidity and length, with a rounded mid-palate. Let it linger to discover pastis and licorice notes among a host of uncommon berries in its flavour profile.