Sunday, 15 August 2010

TN : Viu Manent El Olivar Alto Syrah 2007, SIngle Vineyard, Colchagua Valley, Chile

This wine was "Highly Recommended" by Decanter magazine and received 90 points in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 2009.

The wine is a blend of 94% Syrah and 6% Petit Verdot. It was produced from Syrah blocks 1, 2, 3, and 4, and Petit Verdot block 20 of the El Olivar vineyard. The vines were seven years of age. All the grapes were hand-harvested and the must was fermented in small stainless steel tanks. The wine was then aged for 18 months in new French (93%) and American (7%) oak barrels. The wine was bottled on December 5th 2008 and 12,060 bottles were produced.

Colour : Dark red, blue hues

Aroma : Burnt toast, blackberry, herbs, coffee, milk chocolate

Taste : Toast, blackberry, herbs, plums, coffee, drying tannic finish; leave for another two to three years to see if the tannins calm down but still drinkable now

Alcohol : 14.5%

Price : 229 SEK

Mark : B

Website : Viu Manent Winery

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