LaPlaya Axel Syrah 2003

Syrah/Shiraz from Chile, South America

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Item No. 90968
  • red wine

Winemaker's Notes

The La Playa brand, named for Chile's magnificent Pacific coastline, was launched in 1989 by the Axelsen family and two prominent Chilean winemaking legends: the Sutil and Errázuriz families. AXEL is La Playa's new premium line--named after the Axelsen family, the founders of Viña La Playa. The AXEL line produces Syrah, Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon and Primero, a red blend.

The Axel Syrah ranges from ruby red to deep violet. On the nose, it is attractive and complex, showing the distinctive character of the variety. Forward aromas of black fruits like blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, together with hints of spices; well supported by notes of tobacco, chocolate and vanilla. It is pleasant yet potent in the mouth, offering a very good structure with ripe tannins and an appealing freshness. Full fruit flavors lead to the finish with soft notes of chocolate, vanilla and smoke.

Blend: 90% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Learn About LaPlaya

In 1952, patriarch Søren Axelsen left his native Copenhagen to travel the world. Eventually, he settled in California to grow his own grapes. But he never forgot the remarkable growing regions he had seen in Chile, in particular Colchagua Valley, which showed such great potential to produce world-class wines. By 1989, he had realized his dream, founding Viña La Playa alongside...

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Learn About Chile

(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....

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Learn About Syrah/Shiraz

(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...

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