OENOFOROS Product Details 0018 Oenoforos Montes Alpha Syrah 2018
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Country: Chile, Colchagua Valley.
Grape Varieties: Syrah 90%, Cabernet Sauvignon 7%, Viognier 3%
Vineyards: The vineyards that give rise to Montes Alpha Syrah are located in two very distinct zones of the Colchagua Valley—Apalta and Marchigüe. These two areas have soils of granitic origin at differing stages of decomposition, as well as highly variable depths and amounts of clay and organic matter.
  • Apalta is very heterogeneous, with zones that are strongly influenced by the proximity of the Tinguiririca River, by flooding, and by erosion of material from high above in the mountains. The soils tend to be deep on the plain and thinner in the foothills and upper areas. The Syrah vineyards are intentionally planted in very steep sectors (45º).
  • Marchigüe is flatter, with lower hills with gentler slopes. Its soils are shallow—in some cases no more than 60 cm—with medium clay content and a high capacity for water retention. This vineyard also produces Viognier, which makes up 3% of the blend and is vinified together with the Syrah. Leaves are pulled from around the Syrah bunches after veraison, to encourage good ventilation.

Harvest Period: March 5–April 22: The 2016–2017 season began with a dry winter that meant we had to be very efficient in collecting any rainwater, to provide enough for our sustainable irrigation system. Despite a few isolated spots of frost, spring was generally quite benign. Yields of red varieties, however, were somewhat lower than usual, because of reduced oral induction in the previous season, as well as the restricted availability of water. Unusually high temperatures in January and February had a great effect on the maturation of grapes. These spikes in temperature accelerated the accumulation of sugars, compared to previous years. In March, however, cool evening temperatures shortened the period of effective heat accumulation and increased daily temperature variation, which allowed us to wait for the tannins to ripen. Finally, the grapes were harvested in excellent health, at optimal parameters of ripeness and flavour.

Tasting Note: Deep cherry-red in colour, nuanced with violet. The nose is intense and complex, with ripe black fruit, fig, and spicy black pepper, intermingling with tobacco and meatiness, delicate notes of dark chocolate and a subtle touch of toast. The palate is well balanced and broad, with incredibly smooth tannins lending structure and weight on the mid-palate, leading to a long and elegant finish.
Food Pairing: Red Meat, Charcuterie, Cheese
Case Bottles: 12
Product Id: 0018




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The Grape
Syrah/ Shiraz

A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.