Echeverria Syrah Gran Reserva 2018
Viña Echeverria is a family-owned 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.
This wine comes from the Colchagua Valley, part of Chile's wine heartland. Situated on the 34th parallel south, between the towering Andes mountains and the cool Pacific Ocean, this privileged viticultural zone with its cold nights and warm dry days, intense sunlight and long growing season is ideally suited to produce healthy vines and grapes. The rows are planted in an east-westerly direction, to maximise the sun's exposure. Working with a model of micro viticulture, each plot, of no more than half a hectare, is identified according to its terroir and microclimate and planted accordingly. Grapes are subjected to specific pruning, irrigation, canopy management and harvesting, which results in grapes of optimum quality and flavour. The soils are alluvial in origin, mostly sand and loam, well-drained and with the presence of stones.
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 ten 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, blackberry, blueberry and raspberry characters are presented in this wine of great personality. Hints of bitter chocolate combine nicely 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.
Chile. Region: Colchagua Valley
Body Value: D (A is light, E is full-bodied)
Residual Sugar: 2.8
Contains Sulphites: Yes