Escudo Rojo Syrah 2014 RRP29.90

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This Syrah reveals the subtle balance between elegant tannins and aromatic black fruit, spice and coffee flavours.

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Winemakers Notes

Country of Origin -  Chile

Terroir - This wine comes from the “Valle del Maipo”, 30 km south of Santiago. Nestling at the foot of the Andes Mountains, it is a valley with a long winegrowing tradition which offers some of the best conditions for cultivating Syrah. Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile's winemakers have chosen the “Valle del Maipo” vineyards for their temperate climate and their soil, poor in alluvial deposits and rich in pebbles, ideal for expressing the power, elegance and minerality of the wines. The combination of summer heat with the influence of the Andes produces a marked day/night temperature differential highly favourable to preservation of the fruit.

Vintage Conditions - 2014 may be reckoned a very good vintage in Chile, due to low rainfall and ideal temperatures for the vine growth cycle. These factors enabled the grapes to reach full maturity, producing wines which tend towards a rather Mediterranean style. Powerful and with excellent concentration, they also preserve a "fresh fruit" character and freshness sometimes difficult to achieve in New World wines. Of generally even quality, the different grape varieties perfectly reveal the identity of Chile's terroirs.A promising vintage with considerable ageing potential.

Vinification - The grapes are hand-picked then brought to the Baron Philippe de Rothschild Maipo Chile bodega, in the heart of the Maipo Valley. Combining wood and steel in a distinctive architectural style, the bodega has state-of-the-art equipment that also respects the great winemaking traditions. Escudo Rojo Syrah is vinified in the Bordeaux manner, favouring extraction of the fruit and a supple, well-balanced tannic structure. The wine is matured in one-year-old oak barrels for six to eight months before bottling.

Tasting Notes -

Aspect: An attractive, dense and glittering ruby red with violet highlights.

Nose: The intense and complex nose subtly combines black fruit and blackberry aromas mingled with discreet black pepper, mocha and vanilla notes.

Palate: From a fresh and generous attack, the powerful and succulent midpalate harmoniously reveals the subtle balance between elegant tannins and aromatic black fruit, spice and coffee flavours. The long and elegant finish expresses all the class of Maipo Valley Syrah.

Alcohol:  14.5% vol.