Koyle Royale Syrah 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Chile, South America
Bright purple. Sexy aromas of dark berry preserves, incense and violet combine with a subtle note of smoky herbs that gains strength with air. Juicy, expansive blackberry and cherry compote flavors show very good clarity and concentration but come off as graceful. Repeats the smoke and floral notes on a long, juicy, focused finish. Very syrah and drinking well now.
Wine Enthusiast - "Powerful and also elegant for New World Syrah. The nose offers fine herbs, tobacco and sly berry fruit aromas. It's rich and full in the mouth, with layering and ripe flavors of black raspberry and plum. A supercharged wine that's generous but not overdone."
International Wine Cellar - "Bright purple. Sexy aromas of dark berry preserves, incense and violet combine with a subtle note of smoky herbs that gains strength with air. Juicy, expansive blackberry and cherry compote flavors show very good clarity and concentration but come off as graceful. Repeats the smoke and floral notes on a long, juicy, focused finish. Very syrah and drinking well now."
Koyle corresponds to the sixth generation of a long wine making tradition of the Undurraga family in Chile, started by Mr. Francisco Undurraga Vicuña in 1885.
Koyle vineyards were created in the year 2006, when Alfonso Undurraga Mackenna, together with his sons Alfonso, Max and Cristóbal, began searching for a terroir to develop a high quality red wines project.
After travelling through and analyzing different valleys and sectors of Chile, a property of approximately 1.100 hectares was acquired on the zone of Los Lingues, Alto Colchagua, on a buttress of the Los Andes mountain range. The climatic and soil characteristics of this property are key factors in obtaining an optimum terroir for making great quality wines. View all Koyle Wines
About ChileView a map of Chile wineries (CHEE-lay)Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south – also why the country has remained phylloxera free. Quite a few wineries in Chile were founded by large French wine companies. Seeing the potential of the country, vineyards were bought and planted by these French folks and the results tell of a smart investment. Some of these wineries include: Los Vascos, Casa Lapostolle and Cousino Macul. And while the inspiration may have been French, but the wines here are quite Chilean.
Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Notable FactsThe main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.