P.S. Garcia ‘Mala Fama’ Carignan-Carmenère 2018
Mala Fama, or ‘bad fame’, refers to the historically poor reputation of the Carignan and Carmenère grapes used to make it, both rarely more than bit-part ingredients in Bordeaux and Rhône blends of the past.
The Carignan comes from vines planted in 1958, dry-farmed in the Melozal area of the Maule Valley; the characteristics of the vineyard together with the Melozal climate give highly concentrated fruit, with very good acidity and firm tannins. The Carmenère comes from the Piedra Lisa vineyard, in the Itata Valley, which gives wines with an intense colour, soft tannins and low acidity.
Aged for two years in French oak barrels, the unique blend brings together the best of both varieties, a heart-thumping bad romance that’ll having you going ‘gaga, ooh la la-ah’.
- Full, rich, smooth
- 14.5% Alcohol
- Drink by 2025
- Red Wine, Wine
- Carignan, Carménère
- 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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