OENOFOROS Product Details 0020 Oenoforos Montes Folly 2016
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Country : Chile, Colchagua Valley.
Grape Varieties: 100% Syrah.
James Suckling: 97/100

Vineyard: The grapes for Montes Folly grow on the steepest hillsides of our Finca de Apalta, where the vines have adapted best and have found good balance between yields and vegetative expression. The soils are of granitic origin and primarily consist of decomposing rocks from high above in the chain of mountains that crosses the valley, and therefore the soils in this sector are rather thin and poor in organic matter with a good percolation capacity, which enables the roots to explore the entire profile in search of water. We also find primarily angular stones and a low clay content. This results in plants with low yields and grapes with tremendous concentration and character. The vines were planted to a density of 5,555 plants/hectare (2,250 pl/acre) and are double guyot managed to yield approximately 3.5–4.0 tons/hectare (1.4–1.6 tons/acre). The leaves closest to the bunches are gently removed in early January to provide better ventilation for the grapes and enable them to ripen slowly, evenly, and healthily with good parameters of natural acidity and pH.

Harvest Period: 18th March-7th April: The 2015–2016 season began with a drier winter than the previous year (-15% in Marchigüe and -7% in Apalta). However, the unusual rainfall during the second half of October enabled us to accumulate an optimal level of water in the soil to ensure sufficient availability for our vineyards. The spring was frost free, which allowed for optimal budbreak, foliage development, and flowering. There was no significant rainfall during the summer, which began cool, especially in January. February, however, was one of the hottest in recent years. Temperatures dropped in March, which slowed ripening by approximately 2 weeks. The weather conditions remained favourable until April, and we were able to finish harvesting the Syrah for Folly in the first week of April. In April, two very significant episodes of rain fell in 5 days. As much as 180 mm fell in the Central Valley, which had a great impact on the wine industry and farming in general. May brought more rain, which further complicated the harvest of the later varieties, but by this time, nearly 100% of our crop was already fermenting in the winery. Overall, we were able to reach our quality objectives in all varieties. The tannins ripened opportunely, which made it possible to harvest the grapes earlier and obtain good concentration, tremendous colour, and excellent aromatic expression in our Syrahs.

Tasting Notes: The 2016 Folly is its usual deep violet-red colour that is characteristic of the syrah from Colchagua. The nose is very intense, with a tremendous assortment of aromas ranging from ripe red and black fruits to a blend of sweet spices, pastry, and subtle notes of leather. The French oak is very well integrated and delivers notes of coffee, milk chocolate, and toast, all in harmony with the sensations on the palate, which is exceptionally well balanced with a potent-yet-elegant structure. The tannins are very nicely rounded and smooth, and the flavours echo the aromatic complexity.

Food Pairing: Red Meat, Lamb, Charcuterie, Cheese, Game Meat.
Case Bottles: 6
Product Id: 0020




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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.