2011 Matetic Syrah EQ

Year: 2011
Appellation: San Antonio Valley
Country: Chile
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :

$43.00 LIST!


"Powerful, with a smoky aroma and concentrated flavors of roasted plum, mocha and cherry tart with hints of pomegranate. There's enticing edge of mineral and slate, with a peppery finish. Drink now through 2018. 2,100 cases made. –KM" (WS)

"The 2011 EQ Syrah is from a flat vineyard with deep, granite-based soils worked biodynamically since 2004 in search of a classical spicy Syrah, serious and closed, harvested quite late, destemmed (but some stems are added back to the vat) and fermented with indigenous yeasts. The result is very dark and restrained, a classically proportioned Syrah with notes of black pepper, blueberries and violets, subtle smoke, and a juicy, textured palate with glossy tannins and an earthy, mineral-driven finish. Drink now-2018.

Julio Bastias is the winemaker of Matetic Vineyards, which is in between the Casablanca and San Antonio appellations. I met with a bunch of winemakers from the zone and asked them to bring a couple of bottles each, and he showed up with bottled samples of the soil from each of the vineyards from the wines he brought along. The property has over 20,000 hectares but only 160 hectares are planted with vineyards, which are worked by biodynamic principles and have been fully certified since 2003. With such great wines here, I should try to visit them next time. One of the names that form the new Chile." (WA)

"Brilliant ruby. Intense aromas of cassis, blueberry, smoky minerals, licorice and violet, with a hint of vanilla slowly emerging. Lush, sweet and densely packed, with succulent herb and floral pastille notes accenting ripe black and blue fruit flavors. Finishes smooth and broad, with lingering spiciness and fine-grained, harmonious tannins." (VM)

"Plenty of subtle black pepper, grilled meat and dark fruits follow through to a full body with fine tannins and a fresh finish. Refined and beautiful. Drink now." (JS)

"Aromas of graphite, chocolate, olive, herbs and berry fruits open this cool-climate Syrah. Laser-beam acidity comes on like gangbusters, while those sharp acids create racy, almost tart flavors of currant and huckleberry. The finish is more flashy and racy than generous and tasty, and thus crispness is the defining character of this wine." (WE)

Winery Notes:
EQ Syrah 2011 is an intense violet red color. On the nose, it imparts aromas of black fruits and delicate floral scents reminiscent of violets, mixed with pepper and hints of moist earth and chocolate. On the palate, it has a velvety texture and firm body, but remaining soft and elegant. This is a delicate and perfectly-balanced wine that shows great complexity; its rounded tannins impart a good structure and intensity.

Winemaker Notes:
EQ Syrah has its origins in two separate Organic and Biodynamically managed sectors in the “Valle de Rosario”. The soil of these sectors has a granite origin (deep, colluvial). The surface texture is loamy, with a clay type of loam lower down, with good drainage and a constant presence of abundant roots. The 2011 harvest was carried out between April 20th and May 15th. Vinification was done in open, two and five ton capacity tanks in order to keep the clones separate. Cold maceration took place over seven days, followed by fermentation with selected yeasts. Different remounting techniques were carried out, depending on the varied must condition during fermentation. Finally, the wines were placed in carefully-chosen French oak barrels where malolactic fermentation took place, and where wine remained for 12 months before bottling.

Serving Hints:
This wine is ideally served with game and meats such as veal or pork, as well as lamb and strong, mature cheeses.

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