2012 Gillmore "Vigno" Carignane Maule Valley
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Vigno Carignan is pure Carignan from Loncomilla fermented in open stainless steel vats and aged for 18 months in barriques and oak foudres. This has the unmistakable nose of Gillmore: all flowers and aromatic herbs, hints of mint, even a touch of eucalyptus that is easy to recognize in a blind tasting. The palate shows some grainy, slightly dusty tannins that call for food, which paired with the high acidity (pH 3.28) makes it somehow austere and serious -- a bit of a contrast with the explosive nose. This has the stuffing and acidity to develop a long time in bottle. 10,000 bottles were filled in January 2014. Gillmore is one of the top quality producers in the Maule. (LG)
Intense flowers and petals on the nose with dark fruits. Full body plus tangy and chewy character. Slate and mineral aftertaste. An intense red.
Vigno represents an unusual and cool concept, a project devoted to one single, dry farmed Carignane vineyard, planted on granitic soils, whose fruit is purchased by various wineries to be independently made into original bottlings. The excellent Gillmore bottling (compare with the also delicious García & Schwaderer Vigno) shows loads of crunchy red fruit, mixed berry and eucalyptus notes on the palate. Well worth exploring!