P.S. Garcia Itata Grenache 2019
Grafted onto 120 year old rootstocks in the Piedra Lisa vineyard back in 2010, these Grenache vines get the best of both worlds, fruit produced on new shoots with deep root structures, essential to survive in the dry interior of Itata Valley.
Grapes are hand-harvested, carefully sorted and fermented, before going into French oak barrels for 23 months.
This is a wine of seriously impressive depth, complexity and overriding elegance, deep brick-red in colour with violet reflections. The nose is packed with sweet black fruit, herbal and floral aromas, morello cherries mixed with a sweet perfume of violets, lavender and thyme. Full and opulent in texture but silky smooth, soft leathery tannins and a finely balanced acidity allowing the fruit to glide through to a clean, minerally finish, layered with savoury, earthy and subtle spice notes.
Chilean Grenache, who would’ve thought — this is so, so good.
- Rich, silky, complex
- 15% Alcohol
- Drink by 2027
- Fine Wine, Red Wine, Wine
- Chile, Itata Valley
- P.S. Garcia
Producer: P.S. Garcia
P.S. Garcia is a project that began in 2006 when Felipe Garcia (left, above) produced his first wines from Casablanca Valley, the renowned cool climate region just 30km inland from Chile's Pacific coast. Felipe's vision was about creating wines of their place, in the early days Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir that would both reflect their place of origin and help further define and develop local identity and terroir. In expanding his regional exploration further south, to the regions of Maule and Itata initially, Felipe began working with the Mendoza family, father Patricio and sons Sergio and Nicholas, and the four formalised the partnership in 2017 with the rebranding and launch of multi-regional wines under the P.S. Garcia label.
Wines are broadly split between single varietal wines appropriate to their place, like the Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noirs from individual regions; wines that reflect a cross-regional approach to blending, taking the best Carignan from Maule and blending it with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot from Itata for example; and new growth of overlooked or forgotten old world varietals grafted onto century-old rootstocks, redefining a region or individual vineyard's identity and capabilities.
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