Matetic EQ Syrah 2008

Syrah/Shiraz from Chile, South America

$43.00 $27.99
Save $15.01
Item No. 108189
  • red wine
  • Green wine
  • W&S93
  • WE92
  • WS91
Style: Big & Bold

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2009
  • W&S92
  • WS91
  • 2004
  • WS91

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.

Critical Acclaim

"Check out the depth of flavor in this syrah grown in El Rosario, ten miles from the sea. The wine’s blackberry and black cherry flavors mesh with herbal details and black pepper notes. Give it several hours in a decanter, and you’ll find something wilder in the flavor, closer to raw meat, powering its firm fruit through the finish."
93 Points

"Evidence is showing that Matetic is rising to the top of Chile's Syrah mountain. This is a floral, heady, deep wine with bold black fruit aromas. Boldness is key throughout, and the palate delivers pure wild berry, blackberry and cassis flavors. Smooth yet powerful; a voluminous wine with class and character. Drink now through 2014."
92 Points

"Dense and well-layered, with plum skin, blackberry preserve and anise flavors, followed by briar, spice and graphite notes. The long, grippy finish has a juicy underpinning."
91 Points

"Opaque ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes dark berry preserves, violet, mocha and licorice, with a smoky overtone. Lush and expansive on entry, offering sweet blackcurrant and boysenberry flavors, then tighter in the mid-palate, which shows a bitter cherry quality. Finishes with supple tannins and lingering smokiness. This would compete with plenty of high-end California syrahs."
91 Points

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wds - Olathe, KS (read all my reviews)

Style: Big & Bold
Very nice Syrah. Spicy on the palate and a nice fruity taste. Really a good deal for the price. One bottle was corked when it arrived. Fortunately, the second was great and there is another on the way to replace it once it cools. Great work, WineShopper! Bottom line is I would recommend this wine.
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Learn 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...

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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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