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Producer: Vina EcheverriaGrape Varieties: 100% SyrahOptimum Drinking: Within 7 yearsWine Style: Full bodied redAlcohol by Volume: 14.5%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: Chile
Viña Echeverria is a family-run estate winery, owned and managed by the Echeverria family. Established in 1930, but with an agricultural heritage going back to the 1700s, Viña Echeverria is as much today, as always, driven by a shared passion for winemaking and an uncompromising search for excellence. Viña Echeverria combines nearly a century of viticulture and winemaking experience with a modern state-of-the-art winery, to produce a range of over 20 quality wines from nine different grape varieties. It has recently been awarded its Sustainable Winery status by Wines of Chile, as well as its ISO9000 certification.
The season was marked by a spring without frosts, resulting in a good flowering and fruit setting of the varieties. Higher temperatures during December and February favoured a rapid accumulation of sugar and acidity loss; therefore the vineyards were given an adequate water regime to control the ripening process. Reds ripened slowly as the temperatures returned to normal during March and April . The harvest took place one week earlier than usual and resulted in wines of high quality, with intense fine tannins and high aromatic potential.
The grapes come from the Aconcagua Valley, located 40 miles north of Santiago, which is a small wine region famous for producing some of Chile’s greatest red wines. The vineyard sits at 243 metres above sea level, with clay and sandy soils to the east; granite and clay to the west. With cold nights and warm dry days, intense sunlight and a long growing season, it is ideally suited to produce healthy vines and grapes. Daily breezes moderate the otherwise high temperatures found in the Aconcagua Valley and reduce the risk of vine disease. The Antarctic ‘Humboldt Current’ which flows up the west coast of Chile helps to maintain this effect. The Syrah vines are from ungrafted selected clones of pre-phylloxera French rootstocks producing grapes of optimum quality and flavour.
The grapes were fermented to dryness in 12,000 and 15,000 litre open stainless steel tanks over a period of eight days. Selected yeasts were used and the temperatures were maintained between 24 to 28°C. Once fermentation was complete, an extended skin maceration took place for an additional 10 days. The wine then went through 100% malolactic fermentation, before being matured in 225 litre French oak barrels, for 12 months.
A highly aromatic Syrah, as blackberry, blueberry and raspberry characters are presented in this wine of great personality. Hints of bitter chocolate combine seamlessly with notes of black pepper, cinnamon and tobacco on the palate. Well balanced, with a juicy and long lasting finish.
Delicious with grilled or roasted red meats and stews, lamb tagine, steak, barbequed meats, spicy sausage and venison.
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