Sauzal Vineyard
Empedrado – Maule Valley
Carignan / Garnacha / Mataró
2016 – Lot #75

“The 2016 Sauzal Vineyard is more elegant and has more finesse and texture, and even if the tannins are there, the quality is amazing. 2016 was not an easy year.” – LG

Alcohol: 13,7
pH  3,32
Acidez:  7,13
Azúcar residual: 1,82
(S02 8)

3 barrels Carignan
2 barrels Garnacha
1 barrel Mataró 

1901 bottles filled

In a nutshell:

  • 1 of 11 wines we make from single parcels
  • Grower / partner Nivaldo Morales (and his wife Otelia!)
  • Ancestral farming cultivating vineyard by hand and horse
  • Sauzal 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.
  • Vineyard is on the sides of a gully and thus fresher due to less early morning and late afternoon sunshine.
  • A tribute to the resilience of the ploughmen farmers of the Maule who have been stewards of the vines since colonial times.

Características de la añada:

  • Maule in 2016 was an almost optimal year. What began with worries about the lack of rainfall turned into a terrific quality fruit. On our parcels specifically, improvements with control of mildew on the Carignan (Oidio) made for improvements which offset less rain falling which should have led to lower yields in the secano. If one manages parcel by parcel, cultivating the soil properly, the rains of any given year do not have the heightened pendulum effect many assume they should.
  • In 2o15 we began our transition from limited experiments with whole stems in fermentation lagars to a broader production using this technique– less pisoneo more raqui. Whilst 2015 should be the year to taste this change, we think many will see 2016 as the watershed year.

Denominación de Origen: Sauzal / Empedrado / Maule Valley    (Secano Interior)

Color: Heaps

Tipo:  Broad shouldered, well-braced. Perfume and earth.

Tipo de uva: Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró field-blend

Características de los viñedos:

Carignan aprox 75 yrs

Garnacha & Mataro grafted on roots of Pais 150 yrs +

Elaboración:

  • Ancestral farming by hand and horse
  • Naturally fermented with native yeasts
  • Open top fermenters. Caps were punched down by hand. Pressing manual.
  • Small portion was made with whole stems stomped with clean feet—this part was more tannic and with higher VA and complemented the rest of the barrels.
  • Aged in barrels over two winters— barrels third use or more.
  • Yeasts native (we add Sauzal wine from previous vintage to a pie de cuba)
  • No temp control (besides opening closing windows) open tank, no nada
  • Pinch of sulfites after Malolactic that normally finishes a full 7 months after harvest with next summer´s heat

Crianza:

  • Aged in barrels over two winters— barrels third use or more.
  • various cooperages (Sylvain, Berger, Nadalie – Alliers Noisette toast, and some Burgundy barrels

¿Cuántos lotes hay de este vino? (en caso de haber más de uno, por favor, explique cómo se manejan los diferentes lotes)

  • Lot made from a small single parcel with ancestral farming (there was no monkey business nor tweaking with other bits we had around bodega from other parcels)
  • When we find a barrel marks the blend too much we reserve the right to remove it before we blend for bottling. (We store these barrels for a 3rd and or 4th winter in oldest barrels and eventually include in Perverso our solera blend second wine.
  • The 75th wine we have bottled produced since 2001 it is marked Lot # 75

T a s t i n g   N o t e s

“The nose is fresh and has tantalizing aromas of blueberries, violets, orange peel, raspberry leaf and aniseed with a touch of aromatic herbs that provide freshness. The palate is electric, with citric acidity, ultra-fine tannins and very good length. This is both rustic and elegant, wild and subtle. None of these wines show any alcohol or wood. This is a superb, fresh, Mediterranean blend that shows what the Maule is capable of.”?— Luis Gutierrez

“Soft and velvety with hints of dark fruits and spices. Some walnut. Medium to full body, round tannins and a savory finish. Funky old vine wine.” ?— James Suckling

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C r i t i c s    N o t e s

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 239
Sauzal Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró Field-blend 2016  – Lot # 75 – 95 Pts
As with other wines where I had the chance to taste the 2015 and 2016 versions side by side, the 2016 Sauzal Vineyard is more elegant and has more finesse and a nice texture, and even if the tannins are there, the quality is amazing. 2016 was not an easy year; it was challenging, but they picked these grapes two days before the rain. It’s very fresh, and analytically, it has a lot of acidity. This is just great. 1,901 bottles were filled in November 2017. It’s lot #75. – Luis Gutierrez

 

Notes on Previous Vintages from this parcel

 

Descorchados 2017 Patricio Tapia
Sauzal Vineyard Carignan/Garnacha/Mataró Field Blend 2015 Lot #65 – 95 Pts
Sauzal Vineyard Lot 65 Carignan, Garnacha, Mataró 2015 De un viejo viñedo de carignan en la zona de Sauzal, en donde también había país que se ha injertado con garnacha y monastrell o mataró, este es una verdadera mezcla mediterránea y funciona como tal. Llena de notas florales, a frutas negras intensas, y una acidez que marca los contornos de la lengua y una profundidad deliciosa. Es un vino tremendo en porte, pero a la vez tremendo en frescor. Déjenlo en la cava por unos 2 a 3 años, cuando menos.

 

Descorchados 2017 Patricio Tapia
Sauzal Vineyard Carignan/Garnacha/Mataró Field Blend 2014 Lot #55 – 95 Pts
De aromas un tanto más maduros y algunos leves torrados. La boca es recia y jugosísima, ideal para esos cerdos cocidos a la llama por horas y horas.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 239
Sauzal Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró Field-blend 2015  – Lot # 65 – 93+ Pts
A field blend of Carignan, Garnacha and Mataró, the 2015 Sauzal Vineyard is produced with grapes from the vineyard of Nivaldo Morales in the village of Sauzal. It’s an expressive, powerful, very Mediterranean vintage for this wine. This has quite a lot of other grapes, but the imprint of the Cariñena seems to be quite strong. This lot #65 was put into 1,908 bottles in November 2016.

 

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate # 23o
Sauzal Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 55 – 93 Pts
The 2014 Sauzal Vineyard is also a field blend of Carignan, Garnacha and Mataró (Monastrell) from the vineyard of Nivaldo Morales in Sauzal on degraded granite soils that allow roots to get deep into cracks. Tannins in 2015 were a little bit firmer than normal and the wines in general a little denser. Nivaldo cultivates his vineyards in an ancestral way, by hand and horse. A small portion of the grapes were kept with whole stems and stomped by feet and resulted in more tannic and slightly higher volatile acidity that complemented the rest of the barrels. It’s more powerful, with flowers, spices and something earthy, resinous even. The palate is medium to full-bodied with balance in a slightly XL way, lifted by great acidity. 1,694 bottles were produced from three barrels of Carignan, two of Garnacha and one of Mataró. It was bottled in November 2015. Drink 2017–2027 –  Luis Gutierrez

James Suckling .com May 25th 2017
Sauzal Vineyard Maule Valley Carignan, Garnacha & Mataró Field-blend 2014  – Lot # 55 – 93 Pts
Soulful red with juicy and earth with meat and berry. Full body and beautiful. Long and flavorful. Juicy and intense.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate #222  Dec 2015
Sauzal Vineyard Carignan/Garnacha/Mataró Field Blend 2013 Lot #45 – 94 Pts
I visited an amazing vineyard from a grower called Nivaldo Morales with Derek Mossman, an old vineyard planted mostly with País and some Carignan, and some País vines were regrafted to Garnacha, Mataró (Monastrell) and Garnacha (Grenache). The 2013 Lot #45 Carignan Garnacha Mataró Field Blend is sourced from that Sauzal vineyard in the Maule Valley. A very similar wine is also sold in the United Kingdom as The Ploughmen. The nose is fresh and has tantalizing aromas of blueberries, violets, orange peel, raspberry leaf and aniseed with a touch of aromatic herbs that provide freshness. The palate is electric, with citric acidity, ultra-fine tannins and very good length. This is both rustic and elegant, wild and subtle. None of these wines show any alcohol or wood. This is a superb, fresh, Mediterranean blend that shows what the Maule is capable of. Bravo! Around 2,500 bottles were produced.  Drink 2015 – 2021 Luis Gutierrez

Descorchados 2016 Patricio Tapia
LOT # 45 SAUZAL VINEYARD ?Carignan, Garnacha, Mataró 2013 ?Dominado por una acidez deliciosa, este tinto se mueve con nervio por la boca, como su tuviera su propia luz. Delicioso. 93 pts Patricio Tapia

Tim Atkin MW
Sauzal Vineyard Carignan/Garnacha/Mataró Field Blend 2014 Lot #55 – 91 Pts

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Pictures of this vineyard taken over the past few years:

https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/gwcosauzalvineyard/

Cariñena at its finest in little known nooks of the Secano Interior #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2021

Cariñena at its finest in little known nooks of the Secano Interior #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2021 ...

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Monastrell by any other name would be: Mataro, Mataró, Alcayata, Balzac Noir, Catalan, Espagnen, Espar, Garrut, Gayata, Mourvede, Mourvedon, Mourvedre, Negria or Ros…  #gwcosauzalvineyard

Monastrell by any other name would be: Mataro, Mataró, Alcayata, Balzac Noir, Catalan, Espagnen, Espar, Garrut, Gayata, Mourvede, Mourvedon, Mourvedre, Negria or Ros… #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Tripped on this little drama today shot with an old GoPro Hero 3 #gwcosauzalvineyard

Tripped on this little drama today shot with an old GoPro Hero 3 #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Tool of the trade #gwcosauzalvineyard

Tool of the trade #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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.......el futuro de la agricultura es volver al origen y garagewineco lo tiene MÁS q claro 👏👏🙏 por acá #nivaldo en pleno “farming” 👌donde nacen las joyas de Sauzal 💅 salud !! #gwcosauzalvineyard #sommlife

.......el futuro de la agricultura es volver al origen y garagewineco lo tiene MÁS q claro 👏👏🙏 por acá #nivaldo en pleno “farming” 👌donde nacen las joyas de Sauzal 💅 salud !! #gwcosauzalvineyard #sommlife ...

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Another classic of Nivaldo Morales by @matt.wilson.gc #gwcosauzalvineyard (we do not recommend speeding through a vineyard in car truck or horse, but a moment is moment and with hat  captured in mid-air it is hard not to smile with the spirit...

Another classic of Nivaldo Morales by @matt.wilson.gc #gwcosauzalvineyard (we do not recommend speeding through a vineyard in car truck or horse, but a moment is moment and with hat captured in mid-air it is hard not to smile with the spirit... ...

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Garnacha 2021 Sauzal #gwcosauzalvineyard

Garnacha 2021 Sauzal #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Cutting Garmacha old vines Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2021

Cutting Garmacha old vines Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2021 ...

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Filling in hillside Garnacha / rellenando con plantitas Garnacha #gwcosauzalvineyard

Filling in hillside Garnacha / rellenando con plantitas Garnacha #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcocover

Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcocover ...

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With Nivaldo Morales ten years ago (almost) after grafting Garnacha and Mataró next his Cariñena #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest
#gwcoharvest2020
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#mauleadicto
#regiondelmaule
#movichile

With Nivaldo Morales ten years ago (almost) after grafting Garnacha and Mataró next his Cariñena #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest
#gwcoharvest2020
#vinochileno
#chileanwine
#mauleadicto
#regiondelmaule
#movichile
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Our work party take 5 #gwcofieldworks @bibendumwine #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard Photo by @matt.wilson_gc @bibendumwine @gwcofieldcraft

Our work party take 5 #gwcofieldworks @bibendumwine #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard Photo by @matt.wilson_gc @bibendumwine @gwcofieldcraft ...

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Earlier today with Don Nivaldo in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2019 #gwcosauzalvineyard

Earlier today with Don Nivaldo in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2019 #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Garnacha from Sauzal first pass picking -- note 5 plant rows left behind (too close to the fire) #gwcosauzalvineyard

Garnacha from Sauzal first pass picking -- note 5 plant rows left behind (too close to the fire) #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Caminando in Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard

Caminando in Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Help from the next generation today #gwcoharvest17 #gwcosauzalvineyard

Help from the next generation today #gwcoharvest17 #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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A productive day in #gwcosauzal #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcogente

A productive day in #gwcosauzal #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcogente ...

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Little boxes on the hillside
Little boxes Garnacha ticky-tacky
Little boxes on the hillside... #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcolately

Little boxes on the hillside
Little boxes Garnacha ticky-tacky
Little boxes on the hillside... #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcolately
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Some extra hands helping a small pick at #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2019

Some extra hands helping a small pick at #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2019 ...

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Youngest pictured here in #gwcosauzalvineyard last week offering to go picking with me this week -- anything to avoid going back to school tomorrow!

Youngest pictured here in #gwcosauzalvineyard last week offering to go picking with me this week -- anything to avoid going back to school tomorrow! ...

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Gorgeous fruit in Sazual cut yesterday. Niva is smiling ear to ear as we cut more kilos of better fruit than ever. #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosauzal #gwcosauzalvineyard

Gorgeous fruit in Sazual cut yesterday. Niva is smiling ear to ear as we cut more kilos of better fruit than ever. #gwcoharvest2017 #gwcosauzal #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Out early in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcofam

Out early in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcofam ...

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Rebirth #gwcosauzalvineyard

Rebirth #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Yes I was ridiculed for playing with my silly camera by people doing the real work— karma got even when I pinched a tire with 15oo kgs on as I left Nivaldo’s farm. #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcofam

Yes I was ridiculed for playing with my silly camera by people doing the real work— karma got even when I pinched a tire with 15oo kgs on as I left Nivaldo’s farm. #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcofam ...

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Poda hecha ha llegado el momento meter con arado #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcotrabajosdecampo

Poda hecha ha llegado el momento meter con arado #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcotrabajosdecampo ...

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Tête a tête with Don Nivaldo talking frosts ;-(, #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcofieldworks credit @juanjaeger #gwcogente

Tête a tête with Don Nivaldo talking frosts ;-(, #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcofieldworks credit @juanjaeger #gwcogente ...

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Picking in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard

Picking in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Pais Sauzal - #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofam

Pais Sauzal - #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofam ...

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José hard at work Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks

José hard at work Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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Picking in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard capturing #fieldworks with @matt.wilson_gc #drone #dji #video #aerial @bibendumwine

Picking in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard capturing #fieldworks with @matt.wilson_gc #drone #dji #video #aerial @bibendumwine ...

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Everyone wants their picture taken with Nivaldo #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018

Everyone wants their picture taken with Nivaldo #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 ...

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Self portrait on Cariñena - Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft

Self portrait on Cariñena - Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldcraft ...

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Yours truly in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard capturing light and images of the early #fieldworks with @matt.wilson_gc #drone #dji #video #aerial @movichile @movilatienda @bibendumwine

Yours truly in Sauzal #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcosauzalvineyard capturing light and images of the early #fieldworks with @matt.wilson_gc #drone #dji #video #aerial @movichile @movilatienda @bibendumwine ...

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Nivaldo salutes Sauzal Vineyard  #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks

Nivaldo salutes Sauzal Vineyard #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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Don Radel - canastero extraordinario  Sauzal Vineyard Nivaldo & Otelia #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks

Don Radel - canastero extraordinario Sauzal Vineyard Nivaldo & Otelia #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofieldworks ...

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Early pickings - #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofam #gwcosauzalvineyard

Early pickings - #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofam #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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Two “canasteros” not to be confused with the pickers who fill the baskets these gents carry. #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofam

Two “canasteros” not to be confused with the pickers who fill the baskets these gents carry. #gwcosauzalvineyard #gwcoharvest2018 #gwcofam ...

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Early morning ploughing Sauzal Vineyard vintage 2o18 Nivaldo Morales - Drone video by : @matt.wilson_gc #djiphantom3 #maule #wine #patrimonialwines #carignan #garnacha #mataro #gwcosauzalvineyard

Early morning ploughing Sauzal Vineyard vintage 2o18 Nivaldo Morales - Drone video by : @matt.wilson_gc #djiphantom3 #maule #wine #patrimonialwines #carignan #garnacha #mataro #gwcosauzalvineyard ...

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