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Viu Manent El Olivar Alto Single Vineyard Syrah 2013

Syrah/Shiraz from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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Winemaker Notes

Deep and intense violet in color. The nose is complex, elegant, and fresh with a predominance of red fruits and sweet spices along with fine notes of olives and pencil lead that reflect its place of origin. The fresh and vertical palate is loaded with character with very good central structure, rich texture. Fluid and fruity with an outstanding long and mineral finish.

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The smoky and balsamic 2013 El Olivar Alto Single Vineyard Syrah comes from one vineyard that is named after some olive trees, and it might be a coincidence that the wine has some black olive and tapenade aromas, which are characteristics of the Syrah grape. It's ripe without excess, with fine tannins and a good balance between power and elegance. Very good Syrah with some restrain.
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James Suckling
A combination of dried berry, spice and meat character. Full body, soft and round tannins and a juicy finish. Balanced and delicious. Drink now.
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Viu Manent, Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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In 1966, Don Miguel Viu Manent purchased this Chilean winery and vineyard estate that dates back to the 1800's. Since 1990, the owners have made major investments in state-of-the-art technology necessary for the production of fine wines.

Colchagua Valley

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Well-regarded for intense and exceptionally high quality red wines, the Colchagua Valley is situated in the southern part of Chile’s Rapel Valley, with many of the best vineyards lying in the foothills of the Coastal Range.

Heavy French investment and cutting-edge technology in both the vineyard and the winery has been a boon to the local viticultural industry, which already laid claim to ancient vines and a textbook Mediterranean climate.

The warm, dry growing season in the Colchagua Valley favors robust reds made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Malbec and Syrah—in fact, some of Chile’s very best are made here. A small amount of good white wine is produced from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

GEC760805_2013 Item# 175943