Syrah Reserva, Viña Leyda
Chile – 2018
Tasting Note: Cool-climate Syrah from Chile's Leyda Valley, an aromatic cloud of violets, spice and smoke, followed by the fruity, flavourful acidity of raspberry and a valedictory saline hit.
Food Matching: Ideal with barbecued red and white meat.
Vineyard: Famed for being the most highly awarded cool climate coastal winery in Chile, and with Viviana Navarette at the helm (voted Chile's top winemaker), these are wines that are completely distinct from what we have come to expect from the country. The unique microclimate comes from both the proximity to the coast but also, the cooling nature of the Humboldt current. Where the central valley is hot and dry, Leyda is cool and wet and it is this specific climate that brings the wines the unique freshness and balance of acidity that you cannot find anywhere else in the world. Becuase of the unique expression and incredible quality, the winery soon had its own DO founded as D.O. Leyda Valley in 2001. The wines are born from two unique sites, El Granito, just 4Km from the sea and El Maiten at 12Km from the sea, bith with ancient granitic soild which lend a certain minerality to all the wines in the range
Vinification: In the cellar, a careful cluster selection was made in sorting stainless steel-vibrant table. The clusters are destemmed, softly crushed and then received in stainless steel tank. 50% of the grapes are received in open steel tank working with manual punching down regime. Cold maceration is made at 8-10°C during 6 days following with the Alcoholic Fermentation at 26-28°C for 10 days. After dryness the wine was left over its lees during 2 days in order to increase its palate and then 30% of the components were racked into new, 1st and 2nd year use french oak barrels were the malolactic fermentation took place. The rest of the wine was left in stainless steel tank as fruit component. The wine aged for 13 months before bottling.