OENOFOROS Product Details 0207 Oenoforos Montes Cherub Rose Syrah 2019
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Country: Chile, Colchagua Valley
Grape Varieties: Syrah 85%, Grenache 15%
Vineyards: The grapes for this wine grow in vineyards at our El Arcángel estate at Marchigüe, in the Colchagua Valley. The soils are granitic with profiles that show a mixture of material deposited by glacial and colluvial activity, and diverse amounts of clay and organic matter. Both the Syrah and the Grenache that go into our rosé are trained to vertical shoot position, with a density of 5,555 plants per hectare, producing average yields of up to 9,000 kg/hectare. The plants are managed to maintain optimal foliage,
which helps obtain fruit with an excellent ratio of sugar to acidity.

Harvest Date: March 1–9 The 2019 season began with a mild winter and moderate temperatures, and rainfall close to 320 mm in the Colchagua Valley, making it a year of moderate rainfall, but with a spike near the beginning of a cool spring, that allowed us to accumulate the necessary groundwater. The summer was dry, with normal, moderate temperatures, when compared to the previous years. January had average highs of 28ºC. February saw a dip in the nighttime temperatures, which was even more pronounced in March, favouring slow grape ripening, ideal for the development of aromas in the skins and conserving natural acidity. There was no rainfall during the entire ripening and harvest periods, so the fruit reached the winery in excellent health.

The grapes were handpicked and bunches selected prior to processing, to remove any unripe or damaged berries. Later, the fruit was destemmed and pressed immediately to prevent excess extraction of colour. After pressing, the must be racked into a static decantation tank, where it remained for approximately 12 hours and was then devatted and separated from its larger solids. The must be then inoculated with selected yeasts (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) that produce very good red fruit
expression and ensure proper fermentation kinetics. Fermentation was temperature controlled at 13º–15ºC and lasted 15 days. Once fermentation was complete, all the wine was sulphated to stop yeast activity completely and to protect the wine from oxidation. It was stabilised with a small dose for protein and tartaric precipitation prior to bottling, using sterile membrane filters to ensure the wine’s correct microbiological quality.

Tasting Notes: Brilliant, pale coral in colour. The nose is very intense and expressive, with a predominant aroma of fresh red fruits, like raspberry and tart cherry. Notes of pineapple and apricot lend a hint of freshness to the nose, with a background of subtle floral aromas that confer a perfumed and cheerful finish. The palate is balanced and fresh, with crisp, natural acidity and delicate body, followed by a medium finish. A very versatile wine; ideal for any occasion.

Food Pairing: Pork, Game Meat, White Meat, Pastas, Sushi, Cheese

Case Bottles: 12
Product Id: 0207




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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.