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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 great values in bold 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. Here, hundred-year-old vines are juxtaposed with cutting-edge technology in both the vineyard and the winery, and French investment has been a boon to the local viticultural industry. The textbook Mediterranean climate makes winegrowing almost effortless.

The warm, dry growing season in the Colchagua Valley favors robust reds made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Malbec, and Syrah. A small amount of white wine is produced from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable aromatics, a savory palate, and an elegant texture, Syrah is capable of producing fascinatingly complex and long-lived wines with a stunning purple hue. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah’s best examples are found in Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie. It is also an important component of the GSM blends of the Southern Rhône and beyond, alongside Grenache and Mourvèdre. Both varietal Syrah and GSM blends are common in Australia and California and are gaining popularity in Washington State. In Australia, Syrah is known by the synonym Shiraz, which tends to indicate a bolder, fruit-driven style of wine, and is occasionally blended with Cabernet Sauvignon for added depth and structure.

In the Glass

At its best, Syrah shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper, smoke, and even bacon fat. Many examples from California aim to recreate this savory style, while others focus more on concentrated fruit flavors. In Australia, under the name Shiraz, it shines as that country’s unofficial signature red grape, producing deep, dark, intense, and often jammy reds.

Perfect Pairings

Cool-climate Syrah, with its peppery spices, is a natural match with flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb dishes, where the spice is more about flavor than heat. With Australian Shiraz, grown in warmer regions, heavy meat dishes with abundant protein and fat are a necessity to match the intensity of the wine.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” this synonym for Syrah has been adopted by winemakers throughout the world. If the label says “Shiraz,” you can typically expect a plush, fruity, and potent wine made in the Australian style. New World "Syrah" will generally more closely resemble the French style.

GEC760805_2013 Item# 175943