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Syrah

A great exponent of the variety, this is a classic example of a rich yet elegant coastal Syrah, chosen several times as the Best Syrah from Chile. An elegant wine with great balance between tannins and acidity. Hand harvested in early May, the grapes are subjected to a double selection before being gravity fed to open – top tanks.  After fermentation the wine is drained by gravity into french oak barrels where it is aged for 18 months. Bottled without filtration this wine was matured in bottle for 3 months prior to release. Lifted notes of blackcurrant, violet and lavender dominate with just a hint of tar.  In the mouth flavors of dark chocolate, truffle and licorice combine with a vibrant acidity and svelte tannins.

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Tasting Notes 2015

Casas del Bosque
Syrah Pequeñas Producciones
2015
Casablanca Valley

Vineyard:
All fruit was sourced from our own vineyard - located within the coolest, westernmost reaches of the Casablanca Valley. A blend of three different vineyard blocks, facing north to north-west and from vines with an average age of 12 years. Sourced from hillside blocks planted on red clay over decomposed granite. The blocks used in this blend were cropped at an average of 4.2 tonnes per hectare (1.7 tons per acre).

Harvest:
After a dry and relatively warm growing season, harvest was carried out by hand in 12kg picking cases on the 11th of May, 2015.

Vinification:
After picking, the grapes were subjected to a whole cluster selection. This was followed by destemming (without crushing) and then an individual berry selection before being gravity fed to small open-top tanks. A 5 day cold soak (at 5ºC/41ºF) ensued after which time the must was warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts and fermented during 6 days with temperatures peaking at 32ºC/90ºF. During fermentation the vats were hand-plunged twice daily in order to extract the ideal amount of tannin and colour. Following the completion of fermentation the must was subjected to an additional 4 days of post fermentation maceration. The newly fermented wine was then drained to a mixture of new (45%) and second and third use (55%) French oak barrels for 11 months during which time it was racked twice: once in the spring (upon the completion of malolactic fermentation) and then once again in autumn shortly before bottling. After bottling the finished wine was carefully aged for three months in our cellar prior to release.

Tasting Notes:
Deep purple in colour. On the nose the wine was still rather closed upon release, but after some aeration, notes of leather, spice, blackberries and a hint of petrol appear. The tannic structure will benefit from careful ageing, or decanting after opening. Full bodied, with great staying power and a clean finish. Preferably serve at 14 – 16ºC.

Wine Analysis:

  • Alcohol: 14.9%
  • pH: 3.38
  • Total Acidity: 5.4 g/L
  • Residual Sugar: 3.7 g/L
  • Volatile Acidity: 0.64 g/L

 

 

 

 

Tasting Notes 2014

Casas del Bosque
Syrah Pequeñas Producciones
2014
Casablanca Valley

Vineyard:
All fruit was sourced from our own vineyard - located within the coolest, westernmost reaches of the Casablanca Valley. A blend of three different vineyard blocks (all clone 300) and from vines with an average age of 11 years. Sourced from hillside blocks planted on a red clay mixed with decomposed granite. The blocks used in this blend were cropped at an average of 4.2 tonnes per hectare (1.7 tons per acre).

Harvest:
Harvest was carried out by hand in 12kg picking cases on the 28th of April and 9th of May, 2014.

Vinification:
After picking, the grapes were stored overnight outside the winery in order to naturally chill the fruit to 4-5°C (40°F). The following day the grapes were first subjected to a whole cluster selection. This was followed by destemming (without crushing) and then an individual berry selection before being gravity fed to small open-top tanks. An 8 day cold soak (at 5ºC/41ºF) ensued after which time the must was warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts and fermented during 6 days with temperatures peaking at 32ºC/90ºF. During fermentation the vats were hand-plunged twice daily in order to extract the ideal amount of tannin and colour. Following the completion of fermentation the must was subjected to an additional 3 days of post fermentation maceration (to give a total of 16 days skin contact). The newly fermented wine was then drained (by gravity) to a mixture of new (71%) and 2nd use (29%) French oak barrels for 11 months during which time it was racked twice: once in the spring (upon the completion of malolactic fermentation) and then once again in autumn shortly before bottling. After bottling the finished wine was carefully aged for three months in our cellar prior to release.

Tasting Notes:
Deep purple in colour. On the nose lifted notes of blueberry, violet and rosmary dominate with just a hint of liquorice. In the mouth flavours of boysenberry, leather and tar combine with a hint of dark chocolate, all backed-up by a vibrant acidity and svelte tannins leading to a long, juicy finish.

Wine Analysis:
Alcohol: 13.7%
pH: 3.55
Total Acidity: 6.0 g/L
Residual Sugar: 4.6 g/L
Volatile Acidity: 0.92 g/L

Tasting Notes 2013

Casas del Bosque
Syrah Pequeñas Producciones
2013
Casablanca Valley

Vineyard:
All fruit was sourced from our own vineyard - located within the coolest, westernmost reaches of the Casablanca Valley. A blend of three different vineyard blocks (all clone 300) and from vines with an average age of 10 years. Sourced from hillside blocks planted on a red clay mixed with decomposed granite. The blocks used in this blend were cropped at an average of 3.7 tonnes per hectare (1.5 tons per acre).

Harvest:
Harvest was carried out by hand in 12kg picking cases on the 22nd of May, 2013.

Vinification:
After picking the grapes were stored overnight outside the winery in order to naturally chill them to 4-5°C (40°F). The following day the grapes were first subjected to a whole cluster selection. This was followed by destemming (without crushing) and then an individual berry selection before being gravity fed to small open-top tanks. A 7 day cold soak (at 5ºC/41ºF) ensued after which time the must was warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts and fermented during 6 days with temperatures peaking at 32ºC/90ºF. During fermentation the vats were hand-plunged twice daily in order to extract the ideal amount of tannin and colour. Following the completion of fermentation the must was subjected to an additional 3 days of post fermentation maceration (to give a total of 16 days skin contact). The newly fermented wine was then drained (by gravity) to a mixture of new (60%) and 2nd use (40%) French oak barrels for 14 months during which time it was racked twice: once in the spring (upon the completion of malolactic fermentation) and then once again in autumn shortly before bottling. After bottling the finished wine was carefully aged for three months in our cellar prior to release.

Tasting Notes:
Deep red in colour. On the nose lifted notes of rhubarb, red currant and rosmary dominate with just a hint of tobacco. In the mouth flavours of blackberry, earth and liquorice combine with a vibrant acidity and svelte tannins leading to a long, elegant finish.

Wine Analysis:
Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.46
Total Acidity: 5.8 g/L
Residual Sugar: 2.7 g/L
Volatile Acidity: 0.72 g/L

Tasting Notes 2012

Syrah 2012 Pequeñas Producciones, Casablanca Valley

Vineyard:All fruit was sourced from our own vineyard - located within the coolest, westernmost reaches of the Casablanca Valley. A blend of two different clones of Syrah (95% clone 300 and 5% “Caperana” field selection) from 8 year old vines. Sourced from hillside blocks planted on a red clay mixed with decomposed granite. The blocks used in this blend were cropped at an average of 4.8 tonnes per hectare (1.9 tons per acre).

Harvest:Harvest was carried out by hand between the 6th and 17th of May, 2012.

Vinification:On arrival at the winery all grapes were first subjected to a whole cluster selection. This was followed by destemming (without crushing) and then an individual berry selection before being gravity fed to small open-top tanks. A 7 day cold soak (at 5ºC/41ºF) ensued after which time the must was warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts and fermented during 6 days with temperatures peaking at 32ºC/90ºF. During fermentation the vats were hand-plunged twice daily in order to extract the ideal amount of tannin and colour. Following the completion of fermentation the must was subjected to an additional 3 days of post fermentation maceration (to give a total of 16 days skin contact). The newly fermented wine was then drained (by gravity) to a mixture of new (60%) and 2nd use (40%) French oak barrels for 18 months during which time it was racked twice: once in the Spring (upon the completion of malolactic fermentation) and then once again in Autumn shortly before bottling. After bottling the finished wine was carefully aged for three months in our cellar prior to release.

Tasting Notes:Deep purple in colour. On the nose lifted notes of blackcurrant, violet and lavender dominate with just a hint of tar. In the mouth flavours of dark chocolate, truffle and liquorice combine with a vibrant acidity and svelte tannins leading to a long, juicy finish.

Wine Analysis:

  • Alcohol: 14,5%
  • pH: 3,54
  • Total Acidity: 5,5 g/L
  • Residual Sugar: 4,7g/L
  • Volatile Acidity: 0,830g/L

Tasting Notes 2011

Syrah 2011 Pequeñas Producciones, Casablanca Valley

Vineyard: All fruit was sourced from our own vineyard - located within the coolest, westernmost reaches of the Casablanca Valley. A blend of two different clones of Syrah (95% clone 300 and 5% “Caperana” field selection) from 8 year old vines. Sourced from hillside blocks planted on a red clay mixed with decomposed granite. The blocks used in this blend were cropped at an average of 4.8 tonnes per hectare (1.9 tons per acre).

Harvest: Harvest was carried out by hand between the 6th and 17th of May, 2011.

Vinification: On arrival at the winery all grapes were first subjected to a whole cluster selection. This was followed by destemming (without crushing) and then an individual berry selection before being gravity fed to small open-top tanks. A 7 day cold soak (at 5ºC/41ºF) ensued after which time the must was warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts and fermented during 6 days with temperatures peaking at 32ºC/90ºF. During fermentation the vats were hand-plunged twice daily in order to extract the ideal amount of tannin and colour. Following the completion of fermentation the must was subjected to an additional 3 days of post fermentation maceration (to give a total of 16 days skin contact). The newly fermented wine was then drained (by gravity) to a mixture of new (60%) and 2nd use (40%) French oak barrels for 14 months during which time it was racked twice: once in the Spring (upon the completion of malolactic fermentation) and then once again in Autumn shortly before bottling. After bottling the finished wine was carefully aged for three months in our cellar prior to release.

Tasting Notes: Deep purple in colour. On the nose lifted notes of blackcurrant, violet and lavender dominate with just a hint of tar. In the mouth flavours of dark chocolate, truffle and liquorice combine with a vibrant acidity and svelte tannins leading to a long, juicy finish.

Wine Analysis:

  • Alcohol: 14,0%
  • pH: 3.49
  • Total Acidity: 5.8 g/L
  • Residual Sugar: 32.8g/L
  • Volatile Acidity: 0.60g/L

Tasting Notes 2010

Syrah 2010 Pequeñas Producciones, Casablanca Valley

Vineyard: All fruit was sourced from our own vineyard - located within the coolest, westernmost reaches of the Casablanca Valley. A blend of two different clones of Syrah (85% “Caperana” field selection and 15% clone 300) from 6 year old vines. Sourced from hillside blocks planted on a red clay mixed with decomposed granite. The blocks used in this blend were cropped at an average of 3.4 tonnes per hectare (1.4 tons per acre).

Harvest: Harvest was carried out by hand between the 14th and 18th of May, 2010.

Vinification: On arrival at the winery all grapes were first subjected to a whole cluster selection. This was followed by destemming (without crushing) and then an individual berry selection before being gravity fed to small open-top tanks. A 7 day cold soak (at 5ºC/41ºF) ensued after which time the must was warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts and fermented during 6 days with temperatures peaking at 32ºC/90ºF. During fermentation the vats were hand-plunged four times per day in order to extract the ideal amount of tannin and colour. Following the completion of fermentation the must was subjected to an additional 12 days of post fermentation maceration (to give a total of 25 days skin contact). The newly fermented wine was then drained (by gravity) to a mixture of new (60%) and 2nd use (40%) French oak barrels for 14 months during which time it was racked twice: once in the Spring (upon the completion of malolactic fermentation) and then once again in Autumn shortly before bottling. After bottling the finished wine was carefully aged for three months in our cellar prior to release.

Tasting Notes: Bright purple in colour. On the nose lifted notes of blueberry and blackcurrant dominate with just a hint of cigar box. In the mouth cedar, red cherry and a touch of ripe strawberry combine with crisp acidity and vibrant tannins leading to a long fresh finish.

Wine Analysis:

  • Alcohol: 13,9%
  • pH: 3.53
  • Total Acidity: 5.3 g/L
  • Residual Sugar: 3.2g/L
  • Volatile Acidity: 0.70g/L

Tasting Notes 2009

Syrah 2009 Pequeñas Producciones, Casablanca Valley

Vineyard: 100% Syrah from the Casablanca Valley cropped at an average of 5 tons per hectare (2 tons per acre). Blend composition: 90% “Caperana” field selection with 10% Clone 300.

Harvest: Harvest was carried out by hand on May 14th, 2009.

Vinification: On arrival at the winery all grapes were first subjected to a whole cluster selection. This was followed by destemming (without crushing) and then an individual berry selection before being gravity fed to small open-top tanks. A 7 day cold soak (at 7ºC/45ºF) followed after which time the must was warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts and fermented during 10 to 15 days with temperatures peaking at 32ºC/90ºF. During fermentation the vats were hand-plunged three or four times daily in order to extract the ideal amount of tannin and colour. Following the completion of fermentation the must was subjected to an additional 14 days of post fermentation maceration (to give a total of 36 days total skin contact). The wine was then pressed off skins and put to 70% new French oak barrels for 14 months during which time it was racked and returned to barrel twice. The finished wine was then carefully aged for six months in our cellar prior to release.

Tasting Notes: So intensely violet it almost appears black in the glass. On the nose a mixture of boysenberry and cassis give way to just a hint of leather and tar. In the mouth layers of black cherry and dark chocolate are backed up with fresh acidity and generous tannins leading to a long, elegant finish.

Wine Analysis:

  • Alcohol: 14.0%
  • pH: 3.62
  • Total Acidity: 5.3 g/L
  • Residual Sugar: 2.0g/L
  • Volatile Acidity: 0.83g/L

Tasting Notes 2008

Syrah 2008 Pequeñas Producciones, Casablanca Valley

This cool-climate Syrah comes with all the typicity of Casablanca Valley terroir. Surprisingly intense, it shows an abundance of black fruits and smoky notes on the nose and a lush yet fresh palate with generous tannins.

Cool climate reds are very food friendly—especially when paired with Mediterranean cuisine—due to their great balance between tannins and acidity. This wine is a particularly good example and goes a step beyond the norm with its concentration and elegance. A tremendous wine any way you look at it.

Composition:
53% Clone 300, Trampa Sector
30% Camerana Massal Selection, Bandera Oriente Sector
17% Clone 174, Bandera Alto Sector

Aging:
100% of the wine was aged in French oak barrels (80% new) for 14 months.

Analysis:
Alcohol 13.7º
pH 3.46
TA 5.85 gr/lt Tartaric Acid
RS 2.79 gr/lt

Tasting Notes 2007

Syrah Pequeñas Producciones 2007, Casablanca Valley

The syrah is our latest wine. Because of the excellent proportion between tannins and acidity, red wines from cold climates are great to pair with different foods, especially with dishes of Mediterranean origin. And this wine is not only an outstanding example of this, but also a step ahead in power, concentration and elegance. From every angle, this is a great wine.

Clonal composition of the wine:
50% clone 300 from La Trampa
30% Caperana selection, form Bandera Oriente
20% clone 174, from Bandera Alto

Aging:
The wine was kept for 12 months in 80% of new barrels with the following

Origins:
40% Demptos, Allier, medium toasted
20% Seguin Moreau, Central France, medium toasted plus
20% Mercurey, Grand Cru (2006 barrels)
10% Dargaud & Jaegle, Troncais, medium toasted
10% Saury, Fine grain selection, medium toasted plus

Analysis:
Alcohol: 14°
pH: 3.65
T.A: 5.48
R.S: 1.55

Awards

Vintage 2015  - Wines of Chile Awards – Chile Silver Medal
Vintage 2015  - Catad'Or – Chile Gold Medal
Vintage 2014  - International Wine & Spirit Competition – Uk Gold Outstanding
Vintage 2014 - Decanter World Wine Awards – Uk 96 points
Vintage 2014 - Catador Wine Awards – Chile Gold Medal
Vintage 2014 - Decanter World Wine Awards – Uk Best Chilean Red Rhône Varietals
Vintage 2014 - Wines of Chile Awards - Chile Best Wine in Show, Best in Category
Vintage 2014 - Descorchados - Chile 92 Points
Vintage 2013 - Catador Wine Awards - Chile Gold Medal
Vintage 2013 - Concours Mundiale Bruxelles - Belgium Great Gold Medal
Vintage 2012 – International Wine Cellar – Usa 93 Points
Vintage 2012 - Wines Of Chile Awards - Chile Gold Medal, Best In Category
Vintage 2012 - International Wine Cellar - Usa 91 Points
Vintage 2012 - Wine Spectator - Usa 90 Points
Vintage 2012 - Concours Mondial De Bruxelles - Bélgica Silver Medal
Vintage 2012 - Syrah Du Monde - Francia Silver Medal
Vintage 2012 - Decanter World Wine Awards - Uk Silver Medal
Vintage 2012 - Catador Wine Awards - Chile Gold Medal
Vintage 2012 - Wine Advocate - Usa 90 Points
Vintage 2012 - International Wine & Spirit Competition - Uk Gold Outstanding
Vintage 2012 - International Wine & Spirit Competition - Uk Best Syrah / Syrah Trophy
Vintage 2012 - International Wine & Spirit Competition - Uk Best Single Vineyard Red Wine Trophy
Vintage 2012 - Mundus Vini - Alemania Gold Medal
Vintage 2012 - Decanter Magazine - Uk 92 Points Highly Recommended
Vintage 2012 - Descorchados - Chile 93 Points
Vintage 2011 - Vinos De La Cordillera - Chile 91 Points
Vintage 2011 - Wines Of Chile Awards - Chile Silver Medal
Vintage 2011 - Vinalies Internationales - Chile Gold Medal
Vintage 2011 - Concours Mondial De Bruxelles - Bélgica Gold Medal
Vintage 2011 - Catador Wine Awards Chile - Gran Gold Medal
Vintage 2011 - Descorchados - Chile 94 Points
Vintage 2011 - Six Nations Wine Challenge - Australia Double Gold Medal Wines
Vintage 2011 - International Wine Cellar - Usa 91 Points
Vintage 2011 - Wine Advocate - Usa 91 Points
Vintage 2010 - Wines Of Chile Awards - Chile Silver Medal
Vintage 2010 - Catador Wine Awards Chile - Gran Gold Medal, Best Of The Show
Vintage 2010 - Epicuro - Chile 91 Points
Vintage 2010 - Mesa De Cata La Cav - Chile 91 Points
Vintage 2010 - Descorchados - Chile 91 Points
Vintage 2010 - Guía Mujer & Vino - Chile 90 Points
Vintage 2010 - Mesa De Cata La Cav - Chile 91 Points
Vintage 2009 - Wines Of Chile Awards - Chile Gold Medal
Vintage 2009 - International Wine Challenge - Uk Gold Medal
Vintage 2009 - Vinalies Internationales - Francia Gold Medal
Vintage 2009 - Descorchados - Chile 93 Points
Vintage 2009 - Catador Wine Awards - Chile Silver Medal
Vintage 2009 - International Wine Cellar - Usa 90 Points
Vintage 2009 - Mesa De Cata La Cav - Chile 93 Points
Vintage 2009 - Mujer & Vino - Chile 90 Points
Vintage 2009 - Tony Aspler - Canada 91 Points
Vintage 2009 - Wine Advocate - Usa 90 Points
Vintage 2008 - Descorchados - Chile 89 Points
Vintage 2008 - Guía Mujer & Vino - Chile 90 Points Recomendado
Vintage 2008 - Descorchados - Chile 92 Points
Vintage 2007 - Descorchados - Chile 91 Points
Vintage 2007 - Wine Advocate - Usa 89 Points
Vintage 2007 - The International Wine Review - Usa 89 Points

 

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