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Date Printed: 7/26/2014
Matetic EQ Syrah 2008
Matetic EQ Syrah 2008
(search item no. 108189)
green wine
has fluid
has fluid 360

Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/26/2014: $27.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 92 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Syrah vineyards are located in two sections of Rosario Valley, both are almost flat with a slight inclination to the north. The ground is of granite origin, deep and of coluvial. The grapes are from clones 174 and 300. The careful handling of foliage and the load along with controlled watering allow for yields less than 5 tons per hectare, thus achieving perfect and slow maturity of the grape in this cold climate of San Antonio. The fermentation took place in open tanks of 4 tons capacity. The grapes were cold macerated before fermenting with selected yeasts. The wine was later placed in carefully-selected casks of French oak, where the malolactic fermentation was carried out and then remained for 12 months before bottling.

A dark violet color, almost black, exhibiting the characteristic aromas of Syrah with notes of spices, including pepper, and fruits like black cherry and blackberry, all mixed in a surprising complexity. It is concentrated on the palate; the tannins are firm but rounded. It is a balanced wine, fresh and with a long persistent finish.

This wine a great accompaniment to game, lamb and mature cheeses.

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About Matetic:

The story of the Matetic Winery begins in 1999 when the Matetic family decided to diversify their business ventures and enter the world of wine, confident in the virtues of the climate and soils in the Rosario Valley. With a firm conviction in the vital importance of maintaining a strong professional team to guide every step of the project, the family incorporated Alan York (Biodinamic Consultant), Ken Bernards (Consulting Winemaker), and Ann Kraemer (Viticultural Consultant) into the project in 2000 to ensure that Matetic wines achieve the highest quality. The EQ stands for Equilibrium... balance.