Matetic EQ Syrah 2008
Syrah/Shiraz from Chile, South America
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.
Wine & Spirits - "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."
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
Wine Spectator - "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."
International Wine Cellar - "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."
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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. View all Matetic Wines
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. 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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1 rating, 1 with reviewwds - Olathe, KS48/7/2012
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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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.
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