Syrah Edición Limitada
|Varietal Composition||100% Syrah|
|Origin||Cachapoal Valley Estate Bottled|
SYRAH EDICIÓN LIMITADA
Viña Lagar de Codegua
|Composición Varietal||100% Syrah|
|Origen||Cachapoal Valley Estate Bottled|
|Alcohol||14,5 % Vol.|
|Azúcar Residual||2.5 g/l|
Lagar de Codegua’s winery and vineyards are located at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Alto Cachapoal, at 600 meters a.s.l. The Cachapoal Valley has a Mediterranean climate, with a warm, dry growing season from September through May. Rain occurs principally in winter, between May and August, with annual totals of approximately 450 mm (17.7 in). One of the principal characteristics of the climate close to the Andes Mountains is the large difference in temperature between day and night, which can be more than 20ºC (36ºF). This temperature oscillation increases the color and flavors of the grapes, and therefore the wine, while maintaining the freshness.
The rocky alluvial soils are loamy in texture, and originated as the result of a landslide some 12,000 years ago during the last glacial period, with a landslide beginning in the mountains and ending in the valley, forming a table of deep soils with good drainage, allowing us to control the plant’s vigor and yield naturally.
The vineyard is planted principally with Cabernet Sauvignon (36 hectares) and Syrah (5 hectares), but there are a few experimental blocks planted with Malbec, Carmenère, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Grenache, and Mourvèdre with excellent results. The yield is 8.5 tons per hectare.
The grapes are harvested by hand and transported to the winery in small bins, where they are carefully sorted, destemmed, and placed gravitationally in stainless steel tanks. After a 2-day cold maceration at 10ºC (50ºF), the alcoholic fermentation begins with native yeasts at temperatures between 24–26ºC (75–79ºF). There are daily pump-overs and punch-downs determined by tasting. Once the alcoholic fermentation finishes, the wine macerates for a maximum of 21 days to achieve the desired extraction levels, also determined by tasting. Next the free run wine is moved to “demi-muid” barrels (600L), with 10% new and the rest with 2–3 years of previous use, for malolactic fermentation, later aging and stabilization, for 12 months. Next the wine is racked, sulfites added, then returned to the barrels to age for an additional 8–10 months before bottling. Other varieties are added in small quantities to the final blend to improve the complexity.
In Alto Cachapoal, Syrah expresses itself on the nose with notes of blackberries, floral aromas, and a hint of black pepper. That aromatic character is complimented with the fresh notes of Mourvèdre and herbal hints from the Grenache, accentuating the freshness of the wine. Syrah Limited Edition is a well-rounded wine with a long, clean finish. The wine ages in the bottle for a year before release to the market, in order to be enjoyed at its ideal moment.
Comprised of 4 different Syrah clones, Syrah Limited Edition is a wine with smooth, well-balanced body, and is a perfect complement for flavorful dishes like Magellen lamb, or slow-cooked beef. Fish like smoked salmon and turbot al merquén, a smoked Chilean chili, marinated with potatoes and olive oil, enhancing new and untraditional flavors. Another good option to accompany this wine is sea bass with a butter sauce and vegetables.
To liven up a good conversation in the evening, the best accompaniment for this Lagar de Codegua Syrah are hard and creamy cheeses.