In a nutshell: A small production, artisanal wine from an exciting young Chilean winery.
The lowdown: It's a field blend of Carignan, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre) grown by a small farmer in the Maule region and fermented naturally in small open top tanks and aged in barrel over two winters. Full bodied with aromas and flavours of exotic spices, black plum and black cherry, the end result is a wine with a gloriously smooth texture and a long pleasing finish.
Canadian ex-ski coach, Derek Mossman Knapp, is the enfant terrible of the Chilean wine scene. His Garage Wine Co. is the polar opposite to the big, established companies that dominate the Chilean market. Everything is done by hand; from ploughing the old vines to painting the labels.
Garage began, quite literally, in a garage in 2001. After a few informal vintages for family and friends, Chile's El Mercurio newspaper referenced 'that garage wine company' in an article about the growing grass roots movement of small wine producers. The name stuck.
Garage makes a series of small lots of eight to 17 barrels each. Working with small growers in the region, each wine Garage produces comes from a different parcel belonging to one farmer. No two farm's grapes are mixed - despite the small quantities they produce.